Lincoln, Nebraska  Southeast High School player will kneel during national anthem for every game this season

Lincoln Southeast senior football player Sterling Smith says he will proudly take a knee again Friday when the national anthem is played before the Knights’ game against top-ranked Omaha North at Seacrest Field.
By kneeling, he hopes to keep the conversation going about social injustice, taking a lead from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has knelt before NFL games during the national anthem since the preseason.
Smith and teammate Michael Baklykov knelt at last week’s game against Lincoln East, and Smith said he’ll do the same at every game the rest of the season.
As of Wednesday, Smith said he was not aware of any other teammates or players from North who plan to join him in kneeling.
“It’s just something I felt I needed to do,” Smith said. “I’m proud it kind of got people’s attention to talk about it. It’s not about me — it’s about the bigger picture.”

Kaepernick, who is biracial and was adopted and raised by white parents and siblings, explained his stance:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Smith and Baklykov are believed to be the first players in Nebraska to not stand for the anthem, but other high school players across the country have joined in.
Smith and his teammate broke no rules, say school officials in Nebraska.

( Billy’s thoughts – When missionaries go to another nation they are taught to respect the customs of that nation. Perhaps it is time that our schools pass rules students have to stand for the flag. Explain this to me this kid gets a free education which doesn’t happen in other nations, and he gets to play football. Yet he won’t stand for the flag. This is sad and an outrage. Perhaps if kids won’t stand for the flag they should have to sit on the bench instead of playing in the games. Why would anyone want to play football in a nation which is so bad. ) 

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