The protest over the national anthem hit a new low Monday when the person singing it knelt on one knee as she performed the closing lines of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Singer Leah Tysse copied the practice started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the Sacramento Kings’ friendly preseason game against Israeli League team Maccabi Haifa.
The protest alleges racial bias in the United States.
Afterwards, Tysse said on her Facebook page that dropping to one knee “felt like the most patriotic thing” she could do at the time.
“I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans,” she wrote.
She then said what led her to take a knee.
“I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability,” she wrote.
She also asserted that “there is a deep system of institutionalized racism in America,” a claim to which researchers disagree.
Tysse later tweeted a Fox Sports report of her act.
— Leah Tysse (@LeahTysse) October 11, 2016
Not everyone on social media was thrilled with Tysse’s “performance.”
— MORE LES DEPLORABLES (@Larrymegack15) October 12, 2016
National anthem singer said taking a knee at Kings game was patriotic How’s that Patriotic? https://t.co/b6IeV2OWb4
— e.Diane (@Dianestraley) October 12, 2016
This country is heading for a major reset, and it’s going to be UGLY.
As in 1861-65 ugly. Or worse. https://t.co/kY8DEuITMM
— Matthew Bracken (@MattBracken48) October 12, 2016
On Tuesday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly announced that second-stringer Kaepernick will get his shot Sunday and replace starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert in its game against the Buffalo Bills.
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