NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The nationwide debate over racial inequality in America landed within the Capital Area Thursday night time.
A number of gamers from the Niskayuna Excessive Faculty Silver Warriors soccer workforce have been already on one knee because the nationwide anthem started enjoying Thursday night time. However then, earlier than the sport towards Guilderland, one other participant joined his teammates by dropping down on one knee.
It was a small group protest very similar to the nationwide debate happening in Washington over NFL groups taking a knee through the nationwide anthem to protest racial inequality in America. The gamers have been joined by a lone cheerleader.
The gamers instantly took to the sector for the sport.
Within the stands, the mom of a participant who stood, was draped within the flag and sides together with her son.
“I feel it’s disrespectful to women and men who struggle for our nation and have fought,” Maria Dean stated. “I’m taking a look at it like that – as disrespect to the flag and America.”
Whereas there was some protesting on social media, the gamers took their knee, the gang cheered, and a few mother and father gave them their full help.
“Completely,” Jim Gilbert stated. “Racism on this nation just isn’t going away. We have to take a stand, and if individuals are turning into extra conscious as a result of NFL gamers are doing it or highschool gamers are doing it, perhaps we will’t sweep it underneath the rug anymore. And it must be on the market.”
At ultimate rely, six soccer gamers and one cheerleader took a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem.
Whereas phrase of the protest received out on social media earlier than the sport, it appeared as if a few of the followers didn’t even understand it was occurring, so the applause on the finish might merely have been a part of the sport routine.