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National Anthem Protests Enter College Athletics

National Anthem Protests Enter College Athletics

That didn’t take long.

Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem is now being mimicked by some college athletes.

Who says the left has a hive mind?

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Taking a Stand by Refusing to Stand

The debate over whether athletes should stand during the national anthem may have been kicked off this fall in the National Football League, but it has spread to the college ranks.

On Wednesday, three West Virginia University Institute of Technology volleyball players fell to their knees during the playing of the national anthem before a game. The players, all of whom are black women, said they were kneeling in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who set off a national debate for refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of racial oppression and police brutality.

On Saturday, one football player from Indiana State University and one from the University of Tulsa knelt during the national anthem at games their teams were playing.

And on Friday, word spread that the chancellor of the University of Texas System (which has not seen instances of players not standing for the anthem) had distributed a memo urging — but not requiring — all athletes to stand and face the flag, with hands over their hearts, during the playing of the anthem.

The debate over the national anthem and athletes is part of a broader discussion of the appropriate role of college athletes in speaking out about political and social issues.

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The Friendly Grizzly | September 14, 2016 at 11:43 am

I was hoping the big dude with the beard would have let his left elbow fly into the face of the mushroom head kneeling behind him.

It takes a huge helping of hubris, or just monumental gall, for a “person of color” to engage in a public protest against this country’s treatment of “people of color” when that country is paying said “person of color” $19,000,000 per year to play a damned game! That is close to 800x the amount that typical “people of color” earn per year in this country.

If he really feels strongly about this perhaps he should take action, rather just making a show-protest. He could start by standing up and announcing how many of these millions he is giving away to help his oppressed (???) brethren get out from under the heal of The Oppressor. He should be able to eke out a meager living on, say, half his salary, and the remaining $9,500,000 he would give away each year should do a lot of good in the POC community. (But don’t hold your breath waiting for that announcement.)