The NBA is currently in preseason with a little under two weeks left before the 2016 season officially kicks off. Many fans and media have wondered if players would join a movement started by San Francisco 49’ers QB Colin Kaepernick by kneeling during the National Anthem.
So far, there has been arm linking in preseason, but no kneeling, until Monday night. Singer Leah Tysse took a knee while she was singing the anthem before the Sacramento Kings game against Israeli League team Maccabi Haifa. The singer – who is white- knelt right as she began singing the lyric, “and the land of the free”
Leah took to her Facebook page to explain why she joined the protest.
Why I took a knee while singing the Anthem at a Sacramento Kings NBA game: This act embodies the conflict many of us feel. 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. I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. 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. I believe that the majority of police are good and are against this too and as a nation we all need to speak up. We should all be outraged and demand justice and an end to the brutality. Let’s look around our communities for those facilitating healthy interactions between law enforcement and communities of color and support. The sad reality is, as a white American I am bestowed a certain privilege in this nation that is not enjoyed by all people. Black families are having much different conversations with their children about how to interact with the police than white families. Let’s be honest. Until we can recognize that white privilege exists we cannot have a dialogue about race. Whether or not you can see if from your vantage point, there is a deep system of institutionalized racism in America, from everyday discrimination to disproportionate incarceration of people of color to people losing their lives at the hands of the police simply for being black. This is not who we claim to be as a nation. It is wrong and I won’t stand for it. #solidarity #pleasevote