As football season has kicked off, so have the national anthem protests. Several football players are continuing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s practice of kneeling during the pre-game playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a way of protesting racism in the United States.
This form of protest (which really accomplishes nothing) is starting to spread around the nation again. Now, America’s children are actually starting to participate in these protests, KTVI reported.
Members of the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team in Belleville, Illinois, who are all 8-years-old or younger, were photographed kneeing during the national anthem before a game.
Yes, you read that right. A bunch of small children are now being brainwashed into disrespecting the United States because their coach doesn’t have a shred of common sense.
“One of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?’” Coach Orlando Gooden told KTVI.
“Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail,” is the response that Gooden claimed he got.
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“I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me to circle the team up and have a brief meeting,” he explained.
Gooden claimed that he informed the children about the national anthem protests, and that it was actually their idea to participate in them.
That is where Gooden’s “teaching moment” fell apart. A true teacher would have explained to the kids that disrespecting the national anthem and all those who died for our country is no way to hold a protest.
A good teacher would have also pointed out that kneeling for a minute does nothing to fix race relations. But fixing race relations doesn’t seem to be the point.
“One of the kids asked, ‘Can we do that?’ I said, ‘As long as we know why we’re doing it, I don’t have a problem with any of it,’” Gooden, who also claims that all the parents support this decision, stated.
These kids are all 8-years-old or younger. They don’t know why they are doing anything. They cannot be expected to grasp the finer points of racism, protesting and what constitutes an effective public message at that age.
They probably wanted to do it because they saw a bunch of other people doing it. Children at that age just love to mimic behavior.
Gooden is just using this opportunity to try to brainwash the next generation of Americans into screaming racism at every turn and showing complete disrespect for this country.
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