Seattle’s Garfield HS Kneels During Anthem While Legacy HS Faces Tragedy And Stands Strong [VIDEOS]

Seattle’s Garfield HS Kneels During Anthem While Legacy HS Faces Tragedy And Stands Strong [VIDEOS]

Seattle’s Garfield HS Kneels During Anthem While Legacy HS Faces Tragedy And Stands Strong [VIDEOS]

The asinine kneeling protests continue. On Friday night, an entire high school football team AND coaches took a knee while our National Anthem played.

That’s all great and wonderful for the Garfield HS football team, but will this really make a difference? According to their coach, Joey Thomas, its ALL about oppression combined with focusing on issues and finding solutions. Once that happens, no one will have to kneel.

“You have to talk with kids about the social injustices that are going on because they’re dealing with it regardless,” Thomas added. “Let’s just talk about it. How are you killing these African American males on camera and we can’t even get a day in court…are you kidding me? When is enough, enough? But if you look at history, nothing changes in history until you’re willing to sacrifice.”

Willing to sacrifice? RIGHT. But first, lets revisit the history or our National Anthem. On that day and night so very long ago, Americans were defending a young country against Britain who was, quite frankly, pissed off that they lost a prime colony and wanted it back. They were attacking homes, towns, ships, and kidnapping Americans into slavery on board their own ships. Hence the supposedly problematic 3rd stanza of the Anthem.

So WHOSE agenda are the players at Garfield HS following? Do they REALLY understand that kneeling without action accomplishes nothing? What adversity and sacrifice have they overcome by kneeling while the Anthem is played? Not. One. Damn. Thing. Guess who sacrificed, overcame adversity and in doing so accomplished so much? Yes, that’s correct. A guy named Martin Luther King Jr.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR, sitting in the Jefferson County Jail, in Birmingham, Alabama, 11/3/67. Everett/CSU Archives. Keine Weitergabe an Drittverwerter. [ Rechtehinweis: usage Germany only, Verwendung nur in Deutschland, Keine Weitergabe an Drittverwerter., Please check additional restrictions!, N ]
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR, sitting in the Jefferson County Jail, in Birmingham, Alabama, 11/3/67. Everett/CSU Archives.
Perhaps the players at Garfield HS need a more recent example. A week ago Sunday Legacy High School’s football team and coaches were in a major accident. Their bus crashed, the driver was killed. 17 players and 3 coaches landed in the hospital.

What did the entire community across metro Denver do? They sure as hell didn’t kneel. They didn’t whine about injustice, and they certainly didn’t natter about oppression. Instead everyone rallied around the bus driver’s family, the team, the players in the hospital, and the injured coaches.

On Friday, Legacy played their Homecoming game against Prairie View. They overcame the memories of a bush crash that killed their driver and has one coach still in the hospital.

WESTMINSTER, CO - SEPTEMBER 16: Legacy players prepare to bust through the banner held by the cheerleaders after the coin toss. Legacy played Prairie View in their homecoming football game on Friday, September 16, 2016 at North Stadium. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)
WESTMINSTER, CO – SEPTEMBER 16: Legacy players prepare to bust through the banner held by the cheerleaders after the coin toss. Legacy played Prairie View in their homecoming football game on Friday, September 16, 2016 at North Stadium. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)
WESTMINSTER, CO - SEPTEMBER 16: Legacy players hold their helmets down at their side during the playing of the national anthem before their game against Prairie View in their homecoming football game on Friday, September 16, 2016 at North Stadium. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)
WESTMINSTER, CO – SEPTEMBER 16: Legacy players hold their helmets down at their side during the playing of the national anthem before their game against Prairie View in their homecoming football game on Friday, September 16, 2016 at North Stadium. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)

They had some extra special fans show up to give them their pregame speech and cheer them on.

Taking a knee wouldn’t have made things better for Legacy. What made things better for them was to push through adversity. Legacy HS worked together as a team and a community for something greater than themselves. Can Garfield HS players and coach Joey Thomas, say the same? All of this seems pretty agenda driven on his part. Here’s a question:

I’d like to know the answer to that one. The same question has been asked of the pro athletes as well. Thus far… CRICKETS.

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  • Scott says:

    I am SOOOO glad my son isn’t in high school anymore… I’d definitely be in jail for the ass kicking i’d give that coach if I witnessed that… what a POS… in a just world, he’d loose his job immediately!

    • Nina says:

      What really gets me is that even the district seems to be A Ok with it! I have to wonder if the district policy handbook is there only as a suggestion…not a guide

  • OC says:

    “Willing to sacrifice”
    Hey asshole, I served with men who actually DID sacrifice.
    Tell you what, get your sorry ass down to the local VFW and start spouting your bullshit and let me know how that goes for ya.

  • GWB says:

    How are you killing these African American males on camera and we can’t even get a day in court…

    So, the coach is ignorant of basic facts. Good thing he doesn’t teach any consequential classes, or I’d insist e be fired.

    Hence the supposedly problematic 3rd stanza of the Anthem.

    Which has been my favorite for a long time.

    These idiots think they’re speaking truth to power when they’re really just jumping on a bandwagon with a bunch of other idiots. Of course, it’s not really a bandwagon, it’s the manure truck moving along behind the parade.

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