High school students explain why they protest anthems and pledges

High school students explain why they protest anthems and pledges
Jerry Jones in his pre-slave-owning days

[Ed. – One wonders if the Times will be running a second student-on-the-street survey that includes the opinions of students who investigated the matter a little more deeply than Naylah Williams ad discovered that Kaepernick was willing to sell out his deeply held beliefs in exchange for a high-paying job.]

Naylah Williams, 17

New York
Knelt during football games this year

My first reaction to seeing Colin Kaepernick kneeling was: Why did he do this? And what does it mean to him?. …

In school, we learn about America and why things are the way they are. To take a step back and look at how things are, you can see that something doesn’t add up. The America we learn about in school is about justice and the fundamental rights that this country is built on, including that everyone has the same rights. That’s not happening. …

There was one football player that approached a few other cheerleaders and me. He told me this is what they wanted to do and why they wanted to do it. I wanted to make sure they weren’t doing it just to follow what N.F.L. players did. I wanted people to see that there is social injustice, racial inequality and police brutality. I didn’t want people to use that as an excuse to make a name for themselves. I wanted them to kneel because they felt in their heart that was the right thing to do.

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