Dear Mr. Goodell,

We, the undersigned members of the Black Women’s Roundtable, an intergenerational network of women leaders representing Black women and girls from across the country, are writing to request an emergency meeting with you to share our deep concern and outrage about the plethora of domestic violence cases that has been exposed involving current and past players that are a part of the National Football League (NFL). In addition, we would like to discuss your recent decision to establish an advisory group of women to assist you in developing new policies to eradicate domestic violence within the NFL and other diversity issues within the NFL.

Melanie Campbell, Black Women’s Roundtable
Melanie Campbell, Black Women’s Roundtable

The Black Women’s Roundtable appreciates the fact that the NFL has established an advisory group of women to assist in “development and implementation of the league’s policies, resources and outreach on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.” However, your lack of inclusion of women of color, especially Black women, who are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, when over 66 percent of the NFL players are made up of African Americans is unacceptable.

The Black Women’s Roundtable 2014 Report released in March 2014 found that Black women are the most likely group of women in America to experience domestic violence. Further, we are nearly three times as likely to die as a result of domestic violence than white women.

And while we are only 8 percent of the population, we make up 22 percent of the homicides that result from domestic violence and 29 percent of all women who are victimized. In fact, domestic violence is the leading cause of death for Black women between the ages of 15 and 35, yet we are less likely than others to seek help when we are abused.

As a result of the specific circumstances of Black women and the fact that the majority of the players in the NFL are African American, addressing this issue in a culturally competent way requires the inclusion of Black women.

The Black Women’s Roundtable 2014 Report released in March 2014 found that Black women are the most likely group of women in America to experience domestic violence.

The Black Women’s Roundtable has been in constant consultation with other civil rights and domestic violence women of color organizations, including leaders of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, National Urban League, National Action Network, National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, National African American Clergy Network and others; and we will share with you additional recommendations in the coming days.

As a result of the specific circumstances of Black women and the fact that the majority of the players in the NFL are African American, addressing this issue in a culturally competent way requires the inclusion of Black women.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of our urgent request to meet with you and your colleagues at the NFL. We will follow up with your office and look forward to meeting with you at your earliest convenience to share with you our recommendations to ensure that the NFL gets it right moving forward.

Sincerely,

Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable

Clayola Brown, President, A. Philip Randolph Institute

Karma Cottman, Executive Director, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Rev. Marcia Dyson, CEO and Founder, Women’s Global Initiative

Edrea Davis, Co-Founder, Jazzmyne PR

Felicia Davis, Director, Building Green Initiative

Lisa Fager. President and Co-Founder, Industry Ears, Senior Advisor, Black Youth Vote!

Sheilia Hankins, Associate Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC)

Janaye Ingram, Acting National Executive Director, National Action Network

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., President and CEO, Incite Unlimited, LLC

Carol Joyner, National Policy Director, Labor Project for Working Families

Rev. Dr. Judith C. Moore, Executive Director, Sisters Saving Ourselves NOW/Girls Excel on Purpose

Rene Redwood, CEO, Redwood Enterprise

Dr. Elsie L. Scott, Founding Director, Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Howard University

Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, Ph.D., President and CEO, Center for Community and Economic Justice

Susan L. Taylor, Founder and CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-In-Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network, Co-Founder and President, Skinner Leadership Institute

Teresa Younger, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

Partial listing as of Sept. 16, 2014

Black Women’s Roundtable can be reached at 1050 Connecticut Ave., NW, 10th Floor, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, www.ncbcp.org.

8 COMMENTS

  1. The NFL is not a church, NONPROFIT. We, the fans, have the power to close, TAX-GAP $$$ 9B NOT TAXED. Domestic Violence Victims, by law, pay the NFL via the gap, NNNo vicim should be force to pay their perpetrator.

  2. I COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICE THAT HE SELECTED ALL WHITE WOMEN FOR HIS PANEL. I ALSO NOTICED HOW THE PRESS CONFERENCE CAME TO AN END WHEN THE QUESTION ABOUT THE MAKE -UP OF THE PANEL CAME UP. WE DON’T NEED AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE BACKGROUND, WE NEED THEM OUT FRONT.

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