A young Texas football team, Beaumont Bulls finds themselves out of the season for protesting against racial injustice in America.
The worrying trend of racial injustice in America has become a source of concern for all. Many have risen up against this menace in the form of protests and many other possible means to call for an end to racism in the United States. In the wake of this, the Beaumont Bulls football team players also took a stand to support the anti-racism movement by doing a kneeling protest. But this move was greeted by a surprising and rather sad response from officials. The details of the story are expounded in the following sources:
Many of the young Black athletes inspired by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest against police violence have endured hate and death threats for their actions. Now, as the New York Daily News’ Shaun King reported yesterday (October 17), a football team in Texas faces significant sanctions for their protest.
The Beaumont Bulls consists primarily of Black preteens. As reported by Bleacher Report last month, the playoff-bound team first received support from its board and league for a September 10 kneeling protest by players and coaches. Team officials came to their defense after they received vitriolic threats to their lives. But parents report that they later threatened suspension if the team continued the protest. The Bulls kneeled again on September 17, and the team board suspended coach Rah-Rah Barber. An email from the board obtained by Bleacher Report denied that the protest led to Barber’s suspension, citing his alleged improper removal of a coach and player from the team. Read more.
— AKA (@dawood3032) September 11, 2016
Disturbingly, perhaps no young athletes in America have paid the price for this demonstration like the young 11 and 12-year-old boys of the Beaumont Bulls football team in Beaumont, Texas. Situated between Houston to the west and Lafayette, Louisiana to the east, Beaumont is one of the many Texas towns which lives and breathes football. Many families in Beaumont have now been playing the game for generations. It’s what you do.
So, when the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided during the NFL preseason to not stand for national anthem, it didn’t take long for the echoes to be heard in Beaumont. Students, coaches, and parents there not only follow the league closely, but feel like the plight of racial injustice in America is their own. Police brutality, wrongful arrests and racial violence plague black folk in Texas and Louisiana. Within days of Kaepernick staging his protest, the coaching staff of the Beaumont Bulls, led by head coach Rah-Rah Barber, privately discussed the possibility them taking a knee before their next game, before ultimately deciding against it. The coaches didn’t want to impose anything on the players. To their surprise, though, the young boys came to them and told them they wanted to take a knee. The shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police just two months prior had not only shaken Kaepernick and the Beaumont Bulls coaching staff, they deeply bothered the young students as well.
Standing with Coach Rah Rah Barber and Beaumont Bulls football team!! “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” #UnitedWeStand
— JerMilton Y Woods (@JerMilton_Woods) October 18, 2016
These young boys and their coaches are heroes. Millions of people all over the world have seen their photos and read about their demonstration. Colin Kaepernick himself proudly shared their story on social media and communicated to the team that he supported them.
That adults have now canceled their season, and denied these young boys a chance to fight on, is a travesty. It’s gravely immature and short-sighted of team and league officials to allow it all to go down like this. What lessons does this teach the kids? What has it taught them about their right to protest? What has it taught them about quitting or playing through adversity? Read more.
This is purely intimidation tactics to silence these young brave Black boys. Racism is a canker that needs to be uprooted in our society and the earlier America is awakened to that reality, the better. Whites try all means to always discriminate against Blacks. We will not keep mute! We support these gallant kids! We say no to racial injustice in America.