(Screenshot via WCHS/WVAH)

Following the lead of Colin Kaepernick, who chose not to rise for the national anthem in protest of the way people of color are treated in the United States, athletes around the country have also chosen to remain seated or to kneel through the anthem.

FOX 11 news reports that on Wednesday, three volleyball players at West Virginia University Tech chose to kneel rather than stand for “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“He’s exercising his right to choose to sit or stand, so you have to recognize that he’s got that right,” said Keyonna Morrow, who is also the vice president of the Black Student Union at WVU Tech.

Keanna Morrow (L) joined her two teammates in taking a knee during the national anthem at West Virginia University Tech. (WCHS/WVAH)
Keyonna Morrow (L) joined her two teammates in taking a knee during the national anthem at West Virginia University Tech. (WCHS/WVAH)

She later added, “I hope that it just makes people reconsider before they judge someone for something.”

Morrow is a junior who is majoring in athletic coaching education, a field that’s all about leadership and setting an example.

She said her act of protest with her teammates was for equality: “Everyone should be treated equally, no matter their color age, sex anything,” said Morrow.

“Everyone needs to be on one page, everyone needs to be treated the same way.”

 

(Source: Fox 11 News)