Five black members of the SMU marching band kneeled during the national anthem before the Mustangs played TCU on Friday, according to Grant McGalliard, a special contributor to the Dallas Morning News’ SportsDay.
McGalliard also reported that “a handful of students in the student section” kneeled along with the band. One of the students told him:
“I’m not against all police officers, I’m not saying all cops are bad, I’m not saying all Caucasian people are bad, because they’re not,” Boyce said. “I just believe that the injustice being shown in the past couple of years has been too much to handle. And I’m a little tired of it.
“So if I have to knee during the national anthem — I still support the troops, and I still support the police officers who are doing their rightful job.”
Update: Per The Daily Campus, “several dozen” students joined in the protest, with some kneeling near the scoreboard during the anthem.
In this game, SMU honored Dallas-area first responders. McGalliard wrote that the students who chose to kneel for the anthem said that they didn’t plan for the protest to fall on this specific day.
Another quote shared from a student says that they protested to “[represent] the black lives that were killed by police, not as a sign of disrespect for the national anthem.”
Last week, TCU Student Media’s TCU 360 reported that a group of students staged a protest in the stands while the anthem played ahead of Horned Frogs’ game vs. Iowa State.
The national anthem protests started with Colin Kaepernick in the NFL because the 49ers QB said he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
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