It is safe to say Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit (and later take a knee) during the National Anthem is not going away anytime soon. He has said he will continue doing this, and others have begun to join him. Teammate Eric Reid joined him in taking a knee on Thursday, and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat on Thursday during the Seahawks game in Oakland.
Now, kids are joining in. A public school teacher tweeted that six 5th graders took a knee during their morning recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. This is a fascinating development, and a sign that this is kind of a big deal. The NFL kicks off the regular season next Thursday, but the bulk of the Week 1 games are next Sunday on September 11. Will we see people take a knee or seat during the Anthem on a day that has become a big deal in America? This is all so very intriguing. (via Black Sports Online)
I am a public school teacher. During our pledge today, six 5th graders took a knee.@Kaepernick7: you did this. u r inspiring kids. Salute.— TayGo (@taygogo) September 2, 2016
Just so you understand how brave the lil ones were being: our whole school meets for our morning assembly and the Pledge of Allegiance.— TayGo (@taygogo) September 2, 2016
It is hard & scary to stick out at any age-- but especially as a child. They did this in front of over 500 kids, teachers & their principal.— TayGo (@taygogo) September 2, 2016
Four African/Black American students.— TayGo (@taygogo) September 2, 2016
All 10 & 11 year olds taking a stand. I'm proud. Peace & have a nice Friday.