Kaepernick has sparked the movement of kneeling during the National Anthem. According to the article, 37 high schools, 17 colleges and two youth leagues have had athletes kneel during the National Anthem. One of the high school’s mentioned is my high school, Southeast. After that game, it went viral. I heard that the two kids made it on CNN news. It’s crazy for me to think that my high school sparked controversy by having two kids kneel during the National Anthem. During my four years there, nothing like that ever happened.
I understand why these athletes are doing what they’re doing, they stand for something and want to get their message out there. They are proud of the fact that this movement is getting people talking. I’ve heard from some of my friends who are still at Southeast that Sterling has got people talking about their beliefs and if they would’ve done something so big, and most people wouldn’t. He’s glad people are talking and getting their views out in the open. It’s opening people’s eyes to some issues they may not have known were problems in Lincoln, or the United States.
More recently, some Husker players knelt during the National Anthem as well. Again, they are taking big steps to have their beliefs out there and are saying a lot with a gesture. I got stopped last week on campus by a 10/11 news reporter and was asked my stance on the situation, and I said I didn’t have one. Then I got to thinking about the situation and how prominent it was. Though I don’t necessarily agree with what they did, I’m proud to say I’m a Husker, along with the athletes. They know what they believe in and they are taking a stand. They are doing more by that one act than I’ve ever done with relation to taking a stand.