Three female volleyball players from West Virginia University Tech joined the movement sparked by San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The three African-American athletes kneeled during “The Star-Spangled Banner” during their home game on Wednesday night.
"He's exercising his right to choose to sit or stand, so you have to recognize that he's got that right," player Keyonna Morrow — who is also the vice president of WVU Tech's Black Student Union — told local reporters.
Morrow also seems to be in agreement with Kaepernick’s criticism of the current state of race relations in our country and the message his protest sends.
“Everyone should be treated equally, no matter their color, age, sex, anything,” Morrow explained. “Everyone needs to be on one page, everyone needs to be treated the same way.”
Despite the backlash Kaepernick has received for being “disrespectful” and “unpatriotic” by sitting down during the national anthem, several other NFL players have shown solidarity with him by remaining seated during the anthem as well.
Kaepernick’s teammate Eric Reid and Seattle Seahawks player, Jeremy Lane, have both joined in this silent protest, among others.
In fact, it is rumored that the entire Seahawks team is planning to remain seated during the song at their opening game set for 9/11.
This demonstration would be major, considering it would involve the whole team and the game falls on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which is a day each year when patriotism and American pride are at an all-time high.
Kaepernick has inadvertently sparked a revolution of sorts that expands beyond the football field.
Even NBA Golden State Warrior’s star point guard, Stephen Curry, applauded Kaepernick for “taking a stand.”
Although basketball is not currently in season, his positive response indicates a possibility that he, too, would join in on the protest.
The entire athletic community is acknowledging real social issues that plague many of their fans’ lives, and even their own.
It is important that the people we idolize are in tune with what is happening in society.
These demonstrations prove to fans that athletes are not just here to entertain us, but to inspire us, and use the public platform they have to shed light on important issues.
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