Just as many high school football teams around the nation have knelt for the national anthem over the past several weeks, members of the DeSoto (Texas) High School girls volleyball team took a knee before Tuesday night’s match.
DeSoto is not the first volleyball team to kneel for the Star-Spangled Banner since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began doing so last last month. Last Thursday, the Minneapolis South girls volleyball team knelt as a team during the national anthem.
At DeSoto Tuesday night, players told Dallas-Fort Worth’s NBC 5 the next black man shot could be their dad, brother or boyfriend.
DeSoto coach Rhea Reed praised her team’s silent protest.
“I support their decision 100 percent,” Reed told NBC 5. “In no way does their stance take away from their love of country, our service men and women or the flag. It is an outcry for compassion, understanding and change.”
DeSoto school board president Carl Sherman also released a statement about the protest to NBC 5.
“While their actions may make some people uncomfortable,” part of Sherman’s statement read, “I applaud these students for exercising their first amendment rights in a civil, non-confrontational way.”