Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has been raining in the entire sports world, inspiring some to be part of it and others to criticize. And no matter their opinion on the matter, folks should understand the consequences of Kaepernick’s actions beyond mainstream professional sports.
While the Seattle Seahawks decided to link arms at the time of the national anthem, a local high school football team decided to kneel.
The football players and coaches from Garfield High School in Seattle knelt together as the song played ahead of a matchup against West Seattle High School.
Head coach Joey Thomas asserted, per Heather Graf of KING 5: “This came from them. This came from the kids. Now don’t misunderstand me, I encourage it 110 percent and that’s where my mind and heart went to, but this is what they wanted. And I think that’s what makes this so interesting and amazing. This is student-driven.”