A few weeks ago NFL player Colin Kaeperrnick’s decision to not stand during the national anthem landed him in a huge controversy. He was protesting the racial and social inequality and police brutality in the United States.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
Ever since then, a series of similar protests have followed in.
WATCH: entire Garfield HS football team and coaching staff kneels during national anthem pic.twitter.com/LSTqku9QDb— Heather Graf (@HeatherGrafK5) September 17, 2016
In latest news, 155 middle and high school students who come together to form the Oakland Unified School District's honor band went onto their knees while playing the anthem at a game.
The students’ act of defiance was well supported by teachers and administrators, along with the audience at the game who gave them a round of applause.
"We're proud of our thoughtful and courageous students for standing up — or kneeling down — for what they believe in," district spokesman John Sasaki told Mashable.
"They knew going in that this is a super controversial issue across the country yet still wanted to make a statement. These are some courageous kids. This was their idea. No one pushed them to do this."
The students’ support for the minority communities is indeed commendable. People of color have become victim to numerous hate crimes and instances of racial discrimination. It is about time something was done about it.
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