A national movement sparked by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has gone local.
During the Nation’s Football Classic at RFK Stadium on Saturday, Howard’s cheerleaders took a knee during the national anthem to protest the country’s treatment of people of color. Howard’s football team stayed standing but raised fists in solidarity.
Back in August, Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem, igniting a flurry of criticism, support and media coverage.
In an interview with NFL Media, the quarterback explained, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
WPGC 95.5’s Facebook post about Howard’s gesture has so far generated over 3,700 reactions and 131 comments.
Many commenters support the cheerleaders’ decision to keel. One user wrote, “As a vet I’m proud of Howard university,” while another commented, “Nothing makes me more proud.”
Hampton went on to beat Howard 34-7, but Howard’s message resonated long after the stands cleared.
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