By Morgan Brizee
Taking Colin Kaepernick’s lead Humboldt State University students protested while sitting down during the National Anthem.
Saturday, Sept. 10, was HSU’s first home football game of the season against Azusa Pacific. Before the game started like at all sporting events across the country the National Anthem was sung but the difference with this time being a group of students sitting and not standing. Some of the students put up their arms for black power though they all were silently sitting in unison. Right now many professional athletes are making headlines for kneeling and sitting during the National Anthem in protest for people of color not being treated equally right now in America. Kaepernick started this at the first 49er preseason game on Aug. 14.
HSU Liberal Studies Major Sally Garcia, 18, said that she doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with students sitting during the National Anthem.
“I feel it is okay since they feel strongly to why they are sitting down they know what they are representing,” Garcia said. “Since no one is being harmed, why is there anything wrong with it?”
HSU Coordinator of Game Management, Marketing and Special Events and Interim Senior Women Administrator Kelly Kime, 25, said that Humboldt State does not have any policies on the issue of students sitting during the National Anthem.
“HSU does not have a policy as student athletes are exercising their First Amendment right,” Kime said.
Kaepernick explained to NFL Media the reason behind him sitting during the National Anthem is that people of color are being “oppressed” in this country and standing for a flag of that country is wrong until something is changed.
HSU Junior and offensive lineman Alex Cappa, 21, said that he believes that what Kaepernick has done by sitting during the National Anthem has opened the doors to the conversation of how people of color are treated in this country.
“If nothing else it has clearly opened up the conversation about how people of different races have different experiences in our country,” Cappa said. “That is an important conversation.”