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Two Grade-School Students Kneel While Singing the National Anthem at a Major League Baseball Game

April 4, 2018 | Revolution Newspaper |


At the Seattle Mariners baseball game with the Cleveland Indians at Safeco Field in Seattle on Sunday, April 1, two young girls knelt while singing the National Anthem with their school choir from the Mount View Elementary School.

Yahoo Sports wrote that the two students “are trailblazers, demonstrating that the quest for racial equality and social justice has support from a new generation.”

USA Today’s “For The Win” feature said, “As we've seen in the wake of the Parkland shooting, kids these days are not going to accept being spectators for important discussions regarding the communities in which they live. The future is in good hands.”

A spokesperson for Seattle’s Highline Public Schools told the Huffington Post that this was an “individual act by the students. Obviously, the school district respects the First Amendment rights of our students.”

The photo of the students kneeling was tweeted out by Ryan S. Clark, sportswriter of the Tacoma News Tribune, who was covering the game. People are re-tweeting the photo, including Colin Kaepernick, the NFL football player who started the anthem protest against police brutality and murders of Black people.


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