Saturday, June 22, 2024

South Jersey High Football Coaches and Team Kneel During National Anthem (VIDEO)

*This whole Colin Kaepernick national anthem protest thing is really starting to spread. The latest evidence of that is video of members of a South Jersey high school football team kneeling during a rendition of the national anthem before a game Saturday to draw attention to social injustices and economic disparities.

Not just the players, but coaches from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden carried out the silent demonstration as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played over the loudspeaker before the Tigers’ home opener against Highland High, reports NBCNewYork.

The story goes that Tigers coach Preston Brown initially planned to take a knee alone and informed his team about the decision Friday. However, when the anthem played over the PA system Saturday morning, most of his team joined in the demonstration.

“I am well aware of the third verse of the national anthem which is not usually sung, and I know that the words of the song were not originally meant to include people like me,” Brown told NBC10.

If you’re not aware, the verse has been cited as a symbol of racial oppression and has been central to high-profile protests by Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49er backup QB and other sports stars. The protests have sparked a national debate about freedom of expression and the true meaning of the lyrics, adding to the continued debate over racial inequality in America.

Brown told NJ.com, which first reported the story and captured video of the demonstration, that he stood for the anthem as a “formality” all his life. He went on to say that he loves America and the military.

Woodrow Wilson’s student population is predominantly African-American, a state census shows.

Two students chose not to kneel, Brown said, adding each student had the right to “exercise what they thought was right.”

 

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