first_imgAs usual, just before kickoff, the Notre Dame marching band played the national anthem at the start of Saturday night’s football game against Florida State. This time, however, as most of the crowd stood with their hands over their hearts, part of the student section refused to rise.Instead, as the marching band began their performance of the national anthem, at least 60 students at the front of the junior student section knelt to show solidarity with victims of police violence and to protest racial profiling of African Americans. ANDREW CAMERON | The Observer At least 60 students kneel during the national anthem at the Notre Dame-Florida State football game Saturday night. The move was intended to signal solidarity with victims of police violence and to protest racial profiling.The organizers of the protest, juniors Mary Katherine Hieatt, Durrell Jackson, Shawn Wu, Nicholas Ottone (Editor’s Note: Nicholas Ottone is a Scene writer for The Observer) and Brian Gatter, claimed to be continuing the movement started by ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked controversy when, beginning in 2016, he sat, and in later games knelt, during the national anthem played before his games.“We’re doing a protest,” Jackson said. “It’s known as the national anthem protest, but we’re not really protesting the national anthem. We’re taking a stand against social injustice and police brutality. The movement was started by Colin Kaepernick.”The idea for the protest began when Wu noticed Jackson and other African-American friends of his sitting during the anthem at an earlier game in the season, Wu said. Taking inspiration from his participation in the ‘Realities of Race’ seminar he took last spring, Wu contacted Jackson. Together with Hieatt and fellow seminar participants Gatter and Ottone, the group decided to gauge interest by making a Facebook event. On the evening of Nov. 4, the five organizers created the private Facebook event “FSU Game Kneeling in Solidarity.”“The decision that this was going to happen was contingent on how much support it had on the Facebook page,” Ottone said. “We realized the effectiveness of any kind of display would really depend on how much of a response we could get. Really, that turning point was Tuesday or Wednesday.”The event description instructed participants to enter the stadium as soon as the gates opened, to fill the front of the junior student section and to kneel, holding hands with neighbors and crossing arms for the duration of the anthem. The description of the event on Facebook included that the goal of the protest was “[t]o visibly kneel in solidarity with victims of systemic racial injustice.”Several of the organizers expressed dissatisfaction with student complacency and unwillingness to make political demonstrations on campus. Wu said part of the effectiveness of the form of the protest was its visibility.“Oftentimes we can have these events that talk about race or diversity, or that challenge them, and oftentimes these events don’t reach people or people don’t go outside of their way to put themselves into these spaces,” Wu said. “I think one of the special things about this protest is that everyone sees it and everyone is going to consider it.”Since Kaepernick’s kneeling began making national headlines in 2016, kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest has been widely criticized, including by former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz, who said kneeling players were “hurting the sport.” Asked how he would respond to criticisms that kneeling showed disrespect for the flag and for the military, Jackson said the protest was in line with American values.“The troops fight for our right to protest, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “I respect the troops and everyone here in this stand respects the troops because we know they’re fighting for us. They’re not just fighting for our country to be protected, they’re fighting for our country to be better. It’s the part of the people who are here, who are not risking their lives every day, to fight for what’s better.”Some students in the student section did not see or notice the demonstration, among them senior Matthew Piwko.“I truly didn’t notice at all,” Piwko said. “I wasn’t paying very close attention but it wasn’t very obvious on the whole, even for someone who was looking for it.“I think people can express their opinion any way they want. I don’t necessarily agree with it but it’s their right to kneel if they want to.”Junior Loyal Murphy entered the student section early and stood near the kneeling students but did not participate. He said he saw the demonstration, but did not think it was very noticeable.“When people are thinking about the Florida State game, they’re not thinking about the protest,” he said. “It didn’t make a big impact in my life. I didn’t really care. I was just like ‘Oh cool, well at least if they think they’re doing something, I guess that’s a good thing.’“You could tell it was a section that went down on one knee, but I think it was too small and I don’t feel like it had any true impact to the game or to the issues in general.”Junior Gregory Wall, who participated in the protest, described the demonstration as a success.“I think on such short notice, it was successful, especially being able to convince 80 people to come an hour and 45 minutes early when it’s 35 degrees out and almost snowing and on the last game of the season, when everyone’s tailgating and everyone’s enjoying themselves, to be willing to go out and fight for what you believe in,” he said.Tags: Colin Kaepernick, Kneeling, national anthem, police brutality, protest, racial injusticelast_img read more


first_imgHighlightsBlue Jays shortstop Freddy Galvis makes the play of the week (month?) with this barehanded catch.FREDDY?! HOW?! pic.twitter.com/vWn22IhyOC— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 20, 2019Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia turns on the afterburners to complete this inside-the-park home run.🚨 INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN 🚨 pic.twitter.com/5cLEPwRld4— MLB (@MLB) April 21, 2019What’s NextRed Sox (8-13) at Rays (14-7), 2:10 p.m. ET — Tyler Glasnow, who came over to the Rays in the Chris Archer trade last year, is off to one of the most surprising starts in baseball. While the right-hander looked overmatched and had control issues in his first two seasons with the Pirates, he has improved his control, with great results (4-0, 1.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP). He’s one of the reasons the Rays sit atop the AL East. The Red Sox will counter with veteran David Price (1-1, 3.79 ERA). That two-run homer gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead in the fifth, and fans roared to get Tucker out for an encore. He emerged from the dugout, pumped his fists, patted his chest and pointed at the crowd.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN“I was so excited to do it that I got out there and just was floored with emotion, man,” Tucker said afterward. “It was loud. People were screaming. It was really, really, really cool.”The game, which had been played under apocalyptic-looking storm clouds filled with lightning flashes, was delayed a short time later. After a lengthy delay, the game was called, giving the Pirates their fifth straight win.Pirates fans had already started celebrating their new hero. The 22-year-old Tucker, rated the organization’s No. 5 overall prospect by MLB.com, came out of the dugout during the rain delay to sign autographs and pose for photos.It’s been that kind of feel-good year so far for the first-place Pirates (12-6), who have a one-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central. The pitching has been sensational, with Pirates starters boasting a 1.96 ERA, second only to Tampa Bay’s 1.89 mark. Jameson Taillon earned his first win of the season Saturday, going five innings and allowing only four hits and that one run.The offense has struggled, but three of the team’s top four outfielders, Gregory Polanco, Corey Dickerson and Lonnie Chisenhall, have played a combined four games this season. And center fielder Starling Marte (abdominal strain) was placed on the 10-day IL after colliding with shortstop Erik Gonzalez as the two chased a popup in Friday’s game.Gonzalez was placed on the 60-day IL with a fractured clavicle, opening the door for Tucker’s unexpected recall and MLB debut.He showed he was ready.Today was the best day of my life. My lifelong dream came true. Thank you to everyone who made today happen. Let’s go @Pirates pic.twitter.com/Wh4G0r9YZH— Cole Tucker (@cotuck) April 21, 2019Studs of the NightTwins left fielder Eddie Rosario went 5 for 9 with three home runs and five RBIs as Minnesota swept the Orioles in a doubleheader. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop had a pair of homer and four RBIs in the second game.Christian Yelich hit a pair of solo homers — extending his MLB-leading total to 13 — as the Brewers beat the Dodgers 5-0.Andrew Benintendi hit a second-inning grand slam and then drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth in Boston’s 6-5 victory over the Rays.First baseman Rowdy Tellez had three hits — including a homer — and three RBIs in five at-bats in Toronto’s 10-1 win over the Athletics.Duds of the NightAthletics right-hander Mike Fiers was shellacked by the Blue Jays, giving up six runs and nine hits — including two home runs — over 3 1/3 innings. His 8.28 ERA is the highest among MLB pitchers with 20-plus innings this year. Nationals ace Max Scherzer gave up six earned runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins. When asked his thoughts before his MLB debut Saturday, Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker joked, “If I could run back and tell second-grade Cole Tucker that this is happening, he would freak out.”That young Cole Tucker would have been jumping for joy to see how his MLB debut ended. In his third career at-bat, Tucker drove a pitch from Giants starter Derek Holland 431 feet into the wind to almost dead center field for his first career home run and hit. last_img read more