Saturday, September 17, 2016

260.2 - Good News: high schoolers join Anthem protest

Good News: high schoolers join Anthem protest

Speaking of Good News and sports, I'm sure you know of the quiet protest undertaken by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refuses to stand for the pre-game playing of the national anthem. At first, he sat on the bench, now he kneels on one knee. He has said it is protest "a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

You also know, I expect, that the protest has spread, with some other professional athletes joining the protest, while some other people foolishly objected or even condemned.

What you may not have heard about is the wave of similar protests that took place on high school football fields across the country on September 10. In some cases, it was just a couple of players who knelt during the playing of the anthem; in other cases it was most of the team; in at least one case, it was the whole team and the coach.

Schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Nebraska, and I'm sure others I didn't hear about saw students protesting against police brutality and against racism by the quiet act of kneeling.

And all I can say is, y'know what? The kids are gonna be okay.

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