Texas Youth Football Team Facing Death Threats For Kneeling During National Anthem
The national anthem protest is now reaching the youth level and things are getting ugly for a team here in Texas.
You can't turn on ESPN without hearing about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem. It's been a discussion for what feels like the past month now. Kaepernick is taking a knee as a silent protest against the police officers treatment of African Americans. Many other players around the NFL have started to follow Kaepernick in his kneel down.
Even kids are starting to follow as well. The Beaumont Bulls, a youth football team in Texas have started taking a knee during the National Anthem. The players and several coaches took knees and the photo went viral. According to several coaches and parents of players, the team has received multiple death threats.
Before anyone starts blaming the coaches for the kids to do this. It was actually the kid's idea. The team is predominantly African American kids. A parent for one of the kids said the protest was not to insult the military or police but to show solidarity with other protesters and to help bring attention to issues of racial injustice.
The youth football league's board of directors gave permission for the team to stage the demonstration. Ever since death threats have hit the team online. One Oklahoma man said the coach should be lynched. Rah Rah Barber, the team's head coach said, "I ignore it [the threats]. "It's the kids I worry about. If they ever felt threatened, I would advise their parents to reach out to authorities."