Football

Students protesting during national anthem should be commended, not vilified

A group of Notre Dame players take a knee during the national anthem before their game against Alemany, September 29, 2017, at Alemany. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)
A group of Notre Dame players take a knee during the national anthem before their game against Alemany, September 29, 2017, at Alemany. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker)

By now, we’ve seen the ripple effects of Colin Kaepernick’s protest reach high school sports. Several teams protested last year and last week, more followed suit either by kneeling or locking arms.

Last week, two Taft frosh/soph volleyball players took a knee before a game and Notre Dame’s football team locked arms, with eight players taking a knee.

When asked about it, the kids were thoughtful and reasoned. It wasn’t about mimicking the pros but following their lead because they understood it was a way to make their voice heard…

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