Seattle Seahawks Are Planning Not To Stand For National Anthem This Sunday
If everything goes to plan this Sunday will look something like this: Seattle Seahawks Vs. Miami Dolphins. The game is nearing commencement. It is nearly kickoff time (1:05 p.m.) at CenturyLink Field. But first, the national anthem, not the whole song though, just the first verse. As players and the crowd of spectators rise to their feet, a group of large men in jerseys have notably not. Some of the players have taken a kneel, while others remain seated, while one is even sitting criss-cross-apple-sauce. The commentators make comments and tweets are tweeted and perhaps the dialogue that has begun, can progress even further, so far that concrete and tangible change around issues of race can be achieved, and maybe even issues around economic and gender inequality too. The The Seattle Times reports Seattle Seahawks starting linebacker Bobby Wagner as saying, referring to not standing for the national anthem, “anything we want to do, it’s not going to be individual. It’s going to be a team thing. That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.” Cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the”Star-Spangled Banner” during last week’s last preseason game in Oakland. To refuse to stand for the national anthem, although a silent gesture, is a loud and powerful one, one that acknowledges that racial inequality and injustice is something deep and foundational to our society and it’s history. Colin Kaepernick, a player with the San Francisco
Tech Start-Ups 49ers, as we all now know, started the current protest tactic late last month. Only time will tell if the whole team or only part of it will refuse to observe the “Star-Spangled Banner” this Sunday.
H/T: U.S. Uncut