take a knee


Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick in 2016. (Mike McCarn/AP)

“Take a knee” (2016- ), known as #TakeAKnee on Twitter, is where you kneel instead of stand during the “Star-Spangled Banner”, the US national anthem. It was started last year by Colin Kaepernick, an American football player, to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Since 2009 it has been common for players in the National Football League (NFL) to stand during the song.

Colin Kaepernick is now out the NFL: no owner of a team will hire him, despite his championship-level talent. But other players, like Michael Bennett, have started taking the knee. Most seem to be Black.

Several New England Patriots players take a knee, Sunday September 24th 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

On Sunday yesterday (September 24th 2017) taking a knee spread like wildfire at football games across the nation. At one game even the singer of the “Star-Spangled Banner”…

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