Since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down on August 14 during the national anthem, other athletes have started doing the same, and now the protest against America’s flag and national anthem has spread to some high school teams.
At their game last Friday, September 16, the Oakland Castlemon Knights entire high school football team kneeled down and raised their arms in the Black Lives Matter “black power” salute.
Kaepernick saw the picture of their display and was so inspired by the way his actions had influenced the team, he personally went to meet them and attended their next game.
He met with the high school students in their locker room before the game Friday night, saying, “’I had to come support y’all because the same way you all took a stand and stood with me, I had to come out here and stand with y’all.”
“Y’all inspire me with what you did, y’all are doing this at a much younger age then I did. It took me awhile to get to this point,” he told them.
Kaepernick then joined the team on the field and sat down before the Castlemon Knights’ game, as the Star-Spangled banner was played. The team, on the other hand, didn’t sit – they laid down on the ground, with their arms raised to the sky.
It’s not only the football players who are joining Kaepernick in disrespecting America’s anthem.
Last week, all 155 high school and middle school students in the Oakland school’s honor band dropped to one knee as they played the Star Spangled Banner.
A spokesman for the school district said they were proud of the students for “kneeling down for what they believe in.”
A mural of Kaepernick has also recently appeared in the city, with the words, “We got your back,” ensuring the kneeling will continue.
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