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Seattle Garfield commits to kneeling during national anthem throughout 2016 season

The Garfield football team took a knee before its game on Friday (Photo: Twitter)

The Garfield football team took a knee before its game on Friday (Photo: Twitter)

Garfield High turned heads in Seattle when the entire football team and coaching staff took a knee during the national anthem of last week’s game against West Seattle. Now, the program is officially committing to taking a knee throughout the remainder of the 2016 season, no matter what criticism may come its way.

RELATED: Garfield High School football team takes knee during national anthem

The Garfield football program released a statement about the group’s unified decision to kneel throughout future national anthems explaining why the team had decided to take a political stand. As enumerated by MyNorthwest.com, here are the Bulldogs’ iterated reasons for continuing to take a knee, all while leaders simultaneously lobby for meetings with civic leaders to discuss their concerns.

The statement specifically points out areas of deep concern for the football players, including:

• Equality for all regardless of race, gender, class, social standing and/or sexual orientation — both in and out of the classroom as well as the community.
• Increase of unity within the community. Changing the way the media portrays crime. White people are typically given justification while other minorities are seen as thugs, etc.
• Academic equality for students. Certain schools offer programs/tracks that are not available at all schools or to all students within that school. Better opportunities for students who don’t have parental or financial support is needed. For example, not everyone can afford advanced placement testing fees and those who are unable to pay those fees are often not encouraged to enroll in to those programs. Additionally, the academic investment doesn’t always stay within the community.
• Lack of adequate training for teachers to interact effectively with all students. Example: Why is my passion mistaken for aggression? Why, when I get an A on a test, does the teacher tell me, “Wow, I didn’t know you could pull that off.”
• Segregation through classism.
• Getting others to see that institutional racism does exist in our community, city, state, etc.

The next act in the Bulldogs’ kneeling highlight reel will come Friday against Chief Sealth. Garfield remains 3-0, while Chief Sealth enters with an 0-3 record.

3 comments
US Voter and Taxpayer
US Voter and Taxpayer

Thank you for honoring and (by kneeling) *standing up for* civil and human rights everywhere. May police brutality and corruption end NOW. #BlackLivesMatter! May the real meaning of intelligent democracy reign throughout this land - not just knee-jerk flag waving. Looks to me like your school has high calibur students who are really learning and developing critical thinking skills - just what America needs! Great job, Seattle Public Schools and Garfield High School and Sports!

Webb City Dad
Webb City Dad

A commitment is taking the high road thru self sacrifice and the posturing of oneself as subordinate to a higher and loftier goal or endeavor for the benefit of ALL others--- not to parade and grandstand, mimicking and parroting those who's only ideal is their genuflecting to noncommittal mediocrity to elevate themselves to the second lowest rung of achievement - mere participants in being lap-dogs for the media... They aren't kneeling they are genuflecting to the god of self