Black Referee Protests Kneeling During National Anthem

The first official to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

The US Black people are keeping to struggle for survival in the face of a strong opposing force of racism. This resulted in various protest movements from time past till now, in an effort to overturn the abnormal practice which has taken over the U.S.A. This is the case of the kneeling protests of the black football players during the national anthem. At a Friday night game, a high school football referee in North Carolina kneeled  in solidarity with player protests. The Black referee is believed to be the first official to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Explore the details of the story as put together from carefully selected reliable sources:


The protest occurred before a game between Croatan and Southwest high schools. Read more


“I just think it’s not right to do that at a high school football game, especially for a[n] official paid by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association,” North Carolina General Assembly Representative Phil Shepard told JDNews Saturday.

“Whether you agree with whats going on or not, he’s officiating a local ball game where young men and women are watching.”

“Military men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and I believe it’s disrespectful to the country, everybody in the country and what it stands for.” See more


Residents and community members quickly took to social media sites after the protest of the black referee.

Suzie Ulbrich, public information officer with Onslow County Schools, did not immediately return calls for comment. See more


Nearly two months after Kaepernick first refused to stand during a 49ers preseason game in protest of the mistreatment of people of color in the U.S., football players from youth school up to the NFL have joined him in silently protesting before games. Some have dealt with punishment and harsh words as a result. The Denver Broncos’ Brandon Marshall lost sponsors. A team of 11-and 12-year-olds saw their season cut short.

Following the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Black referee in North Carolina high school took a knee during the national anthem at a Friday night game.

Over 800 people have been killed by police in the U.S. this year, according to a tally by The Guardian. While a study recently made headlines for alleging that police did not actually use violence against black Americans at a disproportionate rate, the study was roundly described as flaw by other scholars. Much more evidence still points sharply in the other direction. Read more

While Black people continue to face various forms of racial attacks and injustices, we won’t stop our fight for rights. Blatant police brutality cases and the oppression of Black people have been ignored by the authorities for too long and as they continue to do so, Kaepernick’s syndrome is becoming an epidemy. Racism is a canker that needs to be uprooted in our society. Whites use every opportunity to discriminate against Blacks. We will not keep mute! We support this Black referee! We say no to racial injustice in America.

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