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Humble coal miner’s national anthem before daily shift goes viral: ‘There is no kneeling in this bath house’

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A humble West Virginia coal miner has become a social-media sensation after a Facebook video of him singing a moving rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” went viral.

Josh Stowers was captured on a video posted to Facebook by his co-worker Shane Wriston. The video shows Stowers and his fellow coal miners bowing their heads in respect as Josh sings the national anthem before they head underground for the day.

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While NFL players refuse to stand for the national anthem, coal miner Josh Stowers and his colleagues pay respectful homage to their country every day. (Images: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images, screengrab)

“There is no kneeling in this bath house,” Wriston wrote on Facebook. “We have daily safety meetings before every shift before these guys go underground, and we appreciate Josh volunteering to sing after the meeting.”

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Stowers and Wriston work for Mammoth Coal in Mammoth, West Virginia. Josh’s singing has drawn an avalanche of positive reaction across the United States, not only because he sang so well, but because the gesture is such a stark contrast to the NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

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Colin Kaepernick, who was adopted by a white suburban family, claims he’s the victim of racism and oppression. (Image: Twitter)

The average annual salary for a coal miner is $55,000 to $60,000 a year. It is a dangerous, physically taxing, unglamorous job, but the coal miners at Mammoth Coal salute their country every morning before starting work.

In contrast, NFL player Colin Kaepernick signed a seven-year, $126 million contract in 2014, which he later opted out of. Despite his enormous wealth and fame, Kaepernick insists he’s a victim of systemic white “racism and oppression.” Meanwhile, Colin did not even bother to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Let that sink in.

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