It all started with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who, a few weeks back, took a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice. His refusal to stand was a silent way to draw attention to the fact that African American people, along with other people of color, are being oppressed within our country. His demonstration proved to be extremely powerful as it got the attention of just about everyone, whether that attention was positive or negative. His simple action was so powerful that it has reached high school students all across the country. Aurora Central High School in Colorado had three fourth’s of their football team follow in the steps of Kaepernick and take a knee during the playing of our National Anthem just as he did. This sparked controversy in the crowd of fans, some taking it as an act of disrespect and some in favor of the students standing up for their beliefs.
Aurora Central High School is made up predominately of black and Hispanic students who have witness and experienced this racial injustice first hand. After Colin Kaepernick’s demonstration these young kids used his actions as an outlet to get their point across. While some were angered by the young athlete’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, it is their right to choose to participate, or not. In the past we have seen that violent protest gets us nowhere, so these young men are using their rights as a weapon and silently protesting. Their malicious obedience had done exactly as they had hoped in drawing attention to the social injustice within country.