On Saturday, Sept. 30, Kennesaw State’s football group degraded North Greenville University, 38-34, to urge its record to 3-1.
However, the diversion wasn’t what many people were articulate about as they left Fifth Third Bank Stadium since it was the cheerleaders, not the team, that would breeze up making inhabitant news.
Five black Kennesaw State cheerleaders took a knee during the inhabitant anthem, which led to the whole group being off the margin for its Oct. 7 diversion against Texas Southern.
Ironically, Texas Southern is a Historically Black College University.
“We didn’t design it to get as big as what it did, but we really knew that it was going to be something that got attention. And we wanted that courtesy to make certain we done the statement, and that the voices were heard,” Shlondra Young told WSBTV in Atlanta.
The “Kennesaw Five,” as they have been dubbed, pronounced they kneeled to bring light to social injustices and police brutality.
Whenever a person of tone kneels, the reason behind it seems to always get conveniently ignored. And this time, it came from a high-ranking Georgia law coercion official.
“My wife, Penny, had tears in her eyes, and we were both repelled to see such a miss of honour for the flag, the inhabitant anthem and the men and women that offer the nation,” pronounced Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren to the Marietta Daily Journal.
“Cobb County has lost sons and daughters at home and on unfamiliar lands while safeguarding America,” he said. “And to declare these ill-informed students behaving this way clearly tells me KSU needs to get bustling educating these students on some-more than just flitting their classes. They need to learn all that the dwindle truly represents.”
Warren called the cheerleaders ill-informed, but we consternation what the families of Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, and Alton Sterling would contend to him.
Mind you, Cobb County is the same place in which a video was expelled in Sep of an occurrence in which former Cobb County Lt. Greg Abbott was held on fasten calming a fearful lady that she need not be fearful as he told her that “We only kill black people,” as she was demure to strech for her phone during a traffic stop.
“But you’re not black,” Abbott said. “Remember, we only fire black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”
The footage was from 2016, and according to the time stamp, happened only days after Castile was killed by police in Minnesota.
What Colin Kaepernick started last year has been towering to a new level, and has crossed over into opposite sports. Teams like the Indiana Fever in the WNBA have kneeled before games, while the Los Angeles Sparks stayed in the locker room for the anthem via this year’s WNBA Finals. Women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe became the first white pro contestant to kneel during the anthem, which led to the U.S. Soccer Federation flitting a policy that requires all players and staff to mount during anthems.
Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell done headlines last month when he became the first player in Major League Baseball to take a knee. The NFL is now scrambling to come up with some kind of center ground, as Donald Trump is putting feverishness on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and owners to anathema anthem protests. And everybody will be examination to see if anyone hurdles the manners next week by kneeling when the NBA deteriorate tips off.
The protests have even spilled over to a predominately white competition like hockey. J.T. Brown is one of the few black players in the NHL, and last Saturday he became the first player to be concerned in any kind of criticism when he lifted his fist in the Black Power pitch during the inhabitant anthem.
“The Tampa Bay Lightning applaud the moment before every diversion when we can combine as a community, profitable loyalty to a dwindle that is representative of the republic and those who have sacrificed,” pronounced group officials in a statement.
“At the same time, we honour the players and particular choices they may make on social and domestic issues.”
Of all the sports leagues, who would have suspicion that an NHL authorization would be the only one in veteran sports that is respecting its player’s rights, while also being merciful and bargain to the reasons behind the protest?
Unfortunately, that same caring and eagerness to listen isn’t being conveyed opposite the country.
Last month in Texas, two black high school football players were kicked off their group for kneeling and lifting their fists during the anthem. The cousins were forced to take off their uniforms in front of the group by their manager as they were being dismissed.
The boys played for Victory Praise Christian Academy, a private and eremite ceremony school.
Apparently, Southern Christianity doesn’t caring for pacific protests.
“Father, pardon them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34.
This past week, Gyree Durante was kicked off his Division III football group at Albright College in Pennsylvania for kneeling. The backup quarterback motionless to kneel after the group had creatively voted to kneel during the silver toss while station for the anthem.
And in Los Angeles, footage was recently expelled of two Laker fans that had drinks thrown on them since they motionless to kneel at their seats.
Some will tell you that this whole kneeling debate has gotten out of hand. They will indicate to things pronounced by the President, or how the movement has incited into a gimmick for some.
But in actuality, it’s zero some-more than another instance of how the voices and actions of black and brownish-red people are intentionally abandoned and discredited.
White feelings aren’t some-more critical than black and brownish-red lives.
If Black America had a choice, we’d rather understanding with the uncomforting feeling of examination “the dwindle get disrespected,” instead of waking up to another hashtag of a person who shares the skin tone killed by police.
But we don’t have the luxury.
So, until that day, we’re going to keep kneeling.
And if you wish us to stand, the answer is utterly simple.
Stop being racist.
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