High-school players in Oakland take anthem demonstration to another level

Four weeks after 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem was first noticed, a high school team in Oakland has taken the anthem demonstrations to another level — with Kaepernick present.

Former NFL player Kirk Morrison, who currently has several media jobs, posted on Twitter a photos of Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem while the players laid on the ground with their hands up.

The gesture comes in a week that included a pair of fatal shootings by police of an African-American man: Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. The officer who shot and killed Crutcher faces manslaughter charges; in Charlotte, clear evidence has not yet emerged to prove that the shooting was justified — although Scott’s DNA reportedly was found on a gun recovered from the scene of the incident.

Kaepernick has explained that his decision not to stand for the anthem arises from concerns about police misconduct toward African-Americans and people of color, pointing out the degree of training and education required before men and women are authorized to serve on the front lines of law enforcement, armed with a handgun and the authority under certain specific circumstances to draw it and to pull the trigger.

[Photo credit: Twitter.com/kirkmorrison]

80 responses to “High-school players in Oakland take anthem demonstration to another level

  1. Time to think of a new gimmick to raise my awareness of social issues. I’m back to being completely focused on preparing my nachos and beer for the game during the anthem.

  2. Now this is getting ridiculous. I don’t mind the kneeling. I mean is does seem more respectful actually than sitting. People kneel in church right? Lying on your back though? Come on man.

    Next people will stand with one leg up with a hand on their hip.

  3. I can’t even begin to describe my disgust. Instead of making a spectical of themselves, how about standing up like men (yes, I’m talking to you Kap) and being more productive in the mission you were hoping to accomplish? Instead of putting real work into the problem you’re only accomplishment is to further divide America.

  4. Now that is just plain stupid. If people want to actually make changes disrespecting your country’s anthem is not the answer. People are such lemmings.

  5. I can see this becoming a fad like planking, or whatever that was, or the ice bucket challenge for ALS, which I am sure over 90% of the people that did that never followed through with actually raising money to fight ALS.

  6. Ridiculous-Public school paid for by public money I guarantee 95% of which wasn’t paid for by these player’s families. The coach should be fired and I’d say disband the team but that would just cause more problems locally for the cops.

  7. Let those kids lay down like that in the middle of the inner city streets and see what happens to them once you take police out of the picture.
    Black lives Matter would not protest for them, these kids are ignorant sheep.

  8. They hate the police and believe the Black Lives Matter folks who are using this for fundraising. Remember “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” in Ferguson which the Obama Justice Department determined was a lie. Now for Charlotte CNN quoted a source close to the investigation as saying that a loaded gun had been recovered at the scene of the crime and that fingerprints, DNA and blood on it matched Scott’s. Berretta: don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time

  9. Not sure about the Charlotte incident yet but the lady cop in Tulsa should never have been on the job. She said watching a black man walk down the middle of the road with his hands up was the most scared she’d ever been. The whole dept should be held accountable for having her on the street.

  10. Having had many relatives serve in the Armed Forces and a few on the police force, I was against Kaepernik’s display. But I’m starting come around.

    This will be my next blog topic.

    Everyone and I do mean everyone, be safe out there.

  11. When Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, 6 African Americans gave testimony that he was the aggressor, but I guess the cop was still a racist according to Black Lives Matter. If you don’t believe me, jump online and google it for yourself.

  12. Odds are, that quite a few of those HS football players will be killed by their peers.

    The odds of you getting killed by the police is beyond rare but obviously happens. The restraint by most cops would amaze the average person. But then some idiot shoots a guy on PCP.
    You don’t use a defensive weapon on offense. Bad training.

    People in the hood are annoyed by the police but certainly not afraid of them. This protest thing is a joke. Just a matter of time before the cops stop doing their jobs and crime spikes.

  13. Nearly all violence like this occurs in areas controlled by Democrats for decades. Chicago, Baltimore, D.C., Detroit, the list goes on and on. Yet you keep voting for them while blaming everyone else. Why?

  14. I agree with College basketball coach Bobby Knight – He said he would of gotten rid of Crapherneck if he did that while playing for Knight. The 49ers should get rid of Craper, theres no room for this in pro sports. But again, it’s San Francisco.

  15. When a cop says freeze, you stop moving.

    When any man blatently disobeys an officer during a potential detain situation, he is a threat to the officer and general public. It’s not an opinion of IF he is a threat. No one’s opinion matters in that case. Comply, or you face the harshest consequences, including physical harm.

    You learn this from your parents. You learn this from schooling. Did either of these idiots have either good parenting or good schooling? I think I know the answer.

  16. If we can just make it to the election, after which George Soros will stop funding the BLM movement and this whole thing dies out as it inevitably will.

  17. Carry a gun and you are already putting yourself at risk. Carry a gun and don’t do exactly what the police ask and you’re plain stupid whether you are black, white purple. That is the lesson these kids need to learn.

  18. Admittedly, I am only a frequent tourist to the U.S., and really should stay away from these discussions. But regardless of what country I am in – when I hear a policeman, military person, or other armed law personnel yell to freeze, hands up, or get out of the car – I don’t have to be told twice.

  19. Maybe Kap should be teaching these kids to listen to the police, respect authority, not to do drugs, etc. He’d help more kids if he did that, because every person I’ve seen get shot so far was on drugs, and/or resisting and posing a threat to the officers or others.

  20. Now if only the “victims” of the actual shootings would have done the same we wouldn’t even be talking about this.

    Even look at the Tulsa video. The guy has his hands up most of the time, but at the end he gets to his car and drops his hands what looks like to his pockets. I have seen exactly 1 case of someone getting shot with their hands up, and that was an “accidental” shooting. Not an epidemic. In every other case this gesture is literally completely irrelavant. If people WERE ACTUALLY getting shot with their hands up, I along many others would join the cause.

    Unfortunately (or fortunately) thats just not the case.

  21. Ok, if they feel that strongly about how Cops are evil. Next time someone steals something from your house/car, smacks your mother or murders your sibling. Why don’t you call your local BLM representative and they will surely get right on the case. As a matter of fact, how about Law Enforcement just stop patrolling your neighborhoods and you self police your own neighborhoods. There problem solved.

    Are there officers that are bad? YES. Have unarmed non threatening citizens been shot/killed unjustly? YES. However, this is not the norm.
    Scheduled a ride along and see first hand what the job is like.

  22. nhpats says:
    Sep 24, 2016 9:44 AM
    The irony is that if those who were shot would have simply laid on the ground with their hands up they would all still be alive.

    You mean like Charles Kinsey did?

  23. K should NOT be allowed to use the NFL as his platform for grievances. This “using” the NFL should disqualify him from playing, appearing and getting his millions. Let him do it off the field, in street clothes anywhere, but NOT during NFL times of business.

  24. Let’s see armed, bomb throwing, terrorist who shot at the Po-lice is taken alive.
    A man with hands raised walking away from the Po-lice gets gunned down.

    And half the PFT posters come on like they’re the ones with CTE issues.

  25. The school name is bishop O’dowd , & i applaud what these kids did, they are taking a stand for there future, a lot of people on here commenting have no clue how Oakland pd treats young African and latino brothers and sisters or people but a lot of people’ on here is mad because this coach is teaching these young men that we are all equal and we should all be treated like equasl not always suspects

  26. You can’t please some people. If they’re not yammering on about Kaep kneeling, they’re in a tizzy about some high school kids lying on the ground with their hands up. Someone call the police! Black kids are lying on the ground!

  27. Annnnnnd…. another generation of young minds is ruined. Now we get to see how others will try to “top”
    this, and do something even more outrageous.

    I’m sure most of these kids are doing things like mentoring younger kids, helping in the inner city, right?

  28. When a cop says freeze, you stop moving.

    When any man blatently disobeys an officer during a potential detain situation, he is a threat to the officer and general public. It’s not an opinion of IF he is a threat. No one’s opinion matters in that case. Comply, or you face the harshest consequences, including physical harm.

    You learn this from your parents. You learn this from schooling. Did either of these idiots have either good parenting or good schooling? I think I know the answer.

    *****************

    Some people never learn, and require the harshest consequences. Apparently you forgot to learn this from Thomas Jefferson.

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

  29. nhpats says:
    Sep 24, 2016 9:44 AM
    The irony is that if those who were shot would have simply laid on the ground with their hands up they would all still be alive.

    ——-

    You mean like the black therapist who was shot by police while lying down on his back with his hands up?

  30. Well, there you have it. High school kids are joining in disgracing our Anthem and our flag.
    How about we tell those high school kids to study harder and not get into trouble instead of pulling this stupid stunt?
    Better still — pass a law that every high school graduate must enter the Army and take basic training before they go to college. That 10 weeks will teach them more than they will learn in ten years.

    This country is being torn apart at the seems and our youth is being brainwashed by stupid celebrities who runs their mouths without a clue about which they speak.

    It’s no wonder we have two of the biggest jerks we’ve ever had running for President.

  31. Look up a video by Rapper Kevin Gates. He basically sums up what’s going on, and he’s black. The best part is, if you watch it on FB, is to read the comments. Black people telling him he’s a sheep, and the most liked comment telling him that the reason black people kill black people is because we(whites) herd them into cramped spaces, poor living conditions, etc. Yeah, continue pointing the finger out, folks. It’s NEVER your fault, always somebody else. You’ll see white communities shed tears for children who die, beloved community leaders who die by no fault of their own, and so on. A black man gets shot while holding a gun, and not complying with police orders to drop said gun, and they rip Charolette to pieces. You don’t want to be sterotyped? Profiled? Stop doing the exact things that cause that in the first place!

  32. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Sep 24, 2016 11:29 AM
    ………………….Some people never learn, and require the harshest consequences. Apparently you forgot to learn this from Thomas Jefferson.

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
    …………………………………………………………………………..
    and these latter day patriots are going to lead us to a better america ? we already had one in the sixties , results > Detroit , Newark , south central LA , etc. need I said more ?

  33. you have to love liberals, they are all for freedom of speech when it fits their cause. protesting the the symbol of this country is fine but being upset with said protest is un American and not OK. here is an idea how about doing what the cop says when he pulls you over? you know not reaching for a gun or trying to run away when they tell you to stop. how about not having the illegal drugs in your car or on your person when stopped. where is the outrage over black on black violence? there is more of that than cop shooting criminals.

  34. For every apparently justifiable Michael Brown and Keith Scott incident there’s an unjustified Philando Castile or Samuel DuBose incident. The United States is 12% Black, however since 1/1/15, of the over 1500 people killed by police officers, 26% are black. Cuacasions make-up 64% of the population and make-up 49% of that total. Hispanics are 16% of the popluation and make-up 16% of the killings. Check out the Washington Post Fatal Force project. It was an eye-opener for me. This is an issue that needs to be discussed. There are things the police (of all races) AND the black community need to improve. This issue isn’t just going to go away as much as many here would probably like it to.

  35. Who cares? Let people do what they want to do, it’s a free country. If thats what they choose, thats fine.

    Me, I stand. The people that get all worked up about it are the ones that have made this into a phenomenon. If people minded their own business and let things be their wouldn’t be so much hype

  36. For all you defenders of the protesters, they would have a much easier time converting conservative minded people like me if we saw some sort of effort to improve their own lot (i.e. Black leaders demanding less urban violence, telling black men to take responsibility for their kids and women, respect authorities no matter if you feel “dissed” or not, etc) rather than continuing to demand more and more from a government that continues to support them without any contribution from them whatsoever.

  37. Had I done that while I played HS football, the first person to address me would have been my father, as he came out of the stands and repeatedly kicked me in the head. Then, he would have reminded me of his brother, my uncle, who died in the Bataan death march.
    However, I served six years, including two tours in Nam, willing to die for these folks right to do this, and would do it again for their rights.
    I wonder how many of their parents have served in anything except the slammer or the welfare lines?

  38. sonoco says:
    Sep 24, 2016 12:19 PM
    For every apparently justifiable Michael Brown and Keith Scott incident there’s an unjustified Philando Castile or Samuel DuBose incident. The United States is 12% Black, however since 1/1/15, of the over 1500 people killed by police officers, 26% are black. Cuacasions make-up 64% of the population and make-up 49% of that total….
    _______________________
    Those stats may well be correct. However, for those stats to have relevance, you need to give the stats on race vs the number of crimes committed, and the nature of the crime.. ie violent vs non-violent. BTW, I’m not saying that there are not unjustified shootings, but 99% of the time the people, no matter the color of their skin, were not following police commands, and had a gun or made gestures as if they had a gun.

  39. What’s sad folks is that this very high school has had an ugly past with internal violence. I mean really bad. Please look it up and see how sad. These same students need to start with themselves. It has to start with the community itself. Cops would rather eat donuts in a coffee shop then show up to an active shooting, murder, drug deal, or domestic violence….at a school! Trust me. Please post. The truth needs to be out there.

  40. Forty years or so ago the powers that be decided in their infinite ignorance that, if a young person had ever had a run in or two with the authorities that they should be banned from police work..so most of the strongest and most capable candidates for the job were out, leaving the fearful and those with a chip on their shoulders to be the ones attempting to protect and serve the public…why do you think that law enforcement folk’s voices raise by two octaves whenever they have to confront anyone even remotely intimidating on the street? They were scared as adolescents, they are still scared and they will continue this travesty of justice until the very makeup of those who protect and serve is reevaluated to insure that all who do this work are actually of a mental makeup to be able to do it without an inordinate amount of fear… if you look at history, the best, most fair police have been the ones who are more aggressive and fearless by nature…just the opposite of the ideal candidate these days. Fear will ALWAYS make people do strange and awful things and putting on a uniform will not alter that fact in the least. We have made our bed…these are incredibly turbulent times and having law enforcement shakin’ in their boots does nothing to alleviate the problem…just makes it worse.

  41. @Claymus1

    Although I agree that qualified people are unnecessarily disqualified from police work, Please know that these folks will not be any more or less afraid during a conflict. Also know that the scared adolescent/teen argument is an old and tired taunt used against officers. Fearless and Agressive is what gets a lot of officers, usually the younger ones, Fired and/or Indicted. Being Prudent and Reasonable is the best course in law enforcement. Law enforcement now operates on what the public will bare. So a lot of the b.s. you have been lead to believe is good police work (pre 2000’s) has become a no no.

  42. I don’t know why our founding fathers braved death to create a country that sought the highest ideals.

    Who knew that failure to be 100 percent perfect would mean that we should just rape our country and to defile what it means?

    I am so insulted – these actions by black people are racist to me.

    And you know what?

    I am just as right with my opinion as they are with theirs.

    Whoever allowed these students to so insult our country is grounds for sending these children to an all white private school.

    I’ve stated here before that I once gave a damn about black causes, but not any more – I am so sick of being labeled a racist simply because of my skin color.

    Black people should be ashamed with this black lives matter garbage. You are now breeding a generation of entitled, whining, weak, and stupid black children who will never succeed because they’ll always blame white people for their own personal failures.

  43. There was a song a few years ago that reminds me a lot about krapernick,a song by the Platters called The Great Pretender.You have some saying it’s his right to protest,which I will give him,but my question is,why now?Why not when Ferguson, Maryland, had cop shootings?All this after he was put second behind Gabbert.I have no sympathy for Krapernick or anyone who uses this form of protest.One of my favorite athletes is a NBA player who sister was shot while walking her child down a sidewalk in Florida.What did he do?Took a bike ride with the police ,saying these crimes need to stop,not by protesting. Dwayne Wade has done more for the black community than your miserable self will achieve in a lifetime.There are some bad apples in the police departments,just as there is in these communities.My point is quit pointing the finger at just law enforcement.they may be part of the problem , but by God not all so it.

  44. I agreed to fight for exactly this. They are entitled to this statement by our Constitution. And they’re correct…wake up.

  45. Football is entertainment. we watch football to relax and forget the issues in our life for a few hours. Since million dollar spoiled idiots that make millions more than the fans decided to make this a political issue and divide the country more. why are we still watching football? I will never watch or pay any money for football related articles. And why did the NFL simply say keep your political views off the playing field? Now it’s out of hand regarding football.

  46. CORRECTION: The evidence shows there is about 1 black person killed per day by police in this country, usually unarmed, frequently shot in the back, tassed to death, chocked to death or some other brutal horror.

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