U.S. Politics and the Economy

National Anthem Protests Spread Like Wildfire

The Editors

Here is a very partial list of sports teams and bands around the country where players have taken a knee, linked arms, or raised a fist to protest injustice during the playing of the national anthem:

Professional teams:

Football: San Francisco 49ers; Seattle Seahawks; Miami Dolphins; Denver Broncos; Kansas City Chiefs; Philadelphia Eagles; New England Patriots; Indianapolis Colts; Houston Texans; Nebraska Huskers; Los Angeles Rams; Howard University Bison (cheerleaders and football team). Women’s Soccer: Seattle Reign. Basketball: Indiana Fever; Houston Rockets; Phoenix Mercury; East Carolina University Band.

High school and middle school football teams and bands:

Watkins Mill Football Team, Montgomery, MD; Detroit Edison; Doherty Memorial High, Worcester, MA; Central H.S., Omaha, NE (football cheerleaders and band members); Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln, NE; Waggerner H.S., Louisville, KY; Maury H.S., Norfolk, VA; Auburn H.S., Minneapolis, MN; Woodrow Wilson H.S., Camden, NJ; Garfield H.S., Seattle, WA; Laguna Creek H.S., Elk Grove, CA; Mission H.S., San Francisco, CA; Oakland Unified School Districts Honor Band, Oakland, CA (protest on field at Oakland Athletics game September 20); Beaumont Texas youth football (11 and 12-year-olds) whose season was cancelled, the coaching staff suspended, and whose parents were threatened with arrest if they attended any future games, practices or events.

New protests are occurring daily.