Following in the footsteps of NFL star Colin Kaepernick, three Black volleyball players at West Virginia University Tech took a knee during the singing of the national anthem, local new station WCHS reports.
Keyonna Morrow, vice president of the Black Student Union at WVU, decided to show her support of Kaepernick by kneeling in solidarity. The 49ers quarterback decided to kneel during the national anthem in protest against the racial inequality of people of color in America.
“He’s exercising his right to choose to sit or stand, so you have to recognize that he’s got that right,” Morrow said.
She added, “Everyone should be treated equally, no matter their color, age, sex, anything. Everyone needs to be on one page, everyone needs to be treated the same way.”
Some of Morrow’s classmates disagree with the trio’s decision.
“You stand for the national anthem, regardless. It’s kind of like a respect thing for everyone who served, here especially,” student Tiffany Reavis told
“If they want to come together and make a statement, then that’s what they should do. For someone to stand up for what they believe in, it encourages other people to do it,” she said.
Kaepernick’s stance against the flag has led to an increase in sales of his jersey, which he plans to donate back to the community.
SOURCE: WCHS | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Instagram