One group of cheerleaders from Kennesaw State University in Georgia followed the example by the NFL players and decided to kneel during the national anthem.
Apparently, several cheerleaders from the Atlanta school decided to kneel during a song from Francis Scott Key on September 30th.
Also, the cheerleaders were restricted from going out on the field on October 7th, because the administration tried to prevent any national anthem protest.
According to Conservative Tribune, the university’s athletics department issued a statement that explained the decision for the cheerleaders to protest. The statement reads: “The decision…. is part of a number of changes that have been made by a new Athletics administration each game as we continue to refine and enhance the gameday atmosphere for our fans.”
Cheerleaders at Kennesaw State taking a kneel during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/7vdSyLZ2JR
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) October 8, 2017
“Some of those other changes have included painting the KS logo at midfield for the first time, the addition of metal detectors at gates to expedite fan entry, and music/PA system changes to have more loud speakers by the student section.”
Also, one cheerleaders’ brother spoke to WXIA regarding their protesting. He said: “Her and another group of the girls really felt moved to join the movement of talking about racial inequality and criminal justice reform, and decided that they wanted to take a knee.”
He added that if they keep the cheerleaders off of the field it would “represents a type of government coercion and a violation, I think, of government interacting against people’s free speech.”
“We really want Kennesaw to reaffirm its higher education institution as a place of free expression and free beliefs.” This statement would be more compatible if said by NFL players, but Kennesaw State is a public school, so the First Amendment right of free expression is reaching the people in the school.
As students, they don’t have the same rights as the NFL players. Also, the public universities have the right to forbid the access for certain people to go to a certain area. Moreover, the cheerleader’s group isn’t a political group. The video also shows that most of the cheerleaders decided to stand during the anthem.
To summarize everything, they should understand that they cannot act the same as those famous and rich NFL players.
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