This is good to read after reading about what happened to the first [African-American] high school football player to kneel during the “National Anthem” — Rodney Axson — on September 2, 2016 in Brunswick, Ohio. He was called “nigger” by his teammates and some of his [white] class/teammates posted a piece of paper with the words “Fuck Rodney,” “nigger” and “let’s lynch niggers.”
In response, Rodney wrote:
This is for everyone who calls me ignorant for sitting during the national anthem because I believe the racial inequality is real and living. This is for everyone who says ‘you’re from Brunswick, you don’t face any discrimination.’
This is for everyone who feels ‘Rodney just wants attention’. This is for everyone who’s going to say ‘it’s just a joke’. Finally, this is for everyone who doesn’t see what is really going on for African Americans in this nation.
Say all you want about me, I don’t care, I will continue to sit, I will continue to be myself even if it makes me a ‘nigger’, I will continue to pray to God at night that racism ends.
Incredible reply! I hope they punish each individual who was responsible for posting this hateful and racist message.
Source: Vince Lattanzio. “Camden Football Team & Coaches Kneel During National Anthem, District Supports Expression.” NBC Philadelphia. September 12, 2016. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Camden-Football-Team-Coaches-Kneel-During-National-Anthem-District-Supports-Expression-393009511.htmlhttp://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Camden-Football-Team-Coaches-Kneel-During-National-Anthem-District-Supports-Expression-393009511.html.