Social Justice supported by the women’s basketball team at University of California, Santa Barbara

Chris Guerra

November 6th 2016 the entire University of California, Santa Barbara women’s basketball team took a knee for Social Justice. This was done during the national anthem at UCSB’s exhibition game. Taking a knee to social justice has been sweeping the nation from colleges to even pros. One of the famous athletes that had started this was 49ers Colin Kaepernick. What the demonstration represents is a silent protest to police brutality and the oppression of minorities. The alumni boosters as well as supporters for University of California, Santa Barbara have found this offensive that the women’s basketball team would do that.

Many of the Gauchos women's Basketball team take a knee during the national anthem. Eric Swenson / Daily Nexus

To do damage control the UCSB athletic director John McCutcheon decided to do damage control and released a statement. “We understand that many of you are deeply offended that they have chosen to make this statement during the playing of our national anthem,” McCutcheon said in the statement. “Some of you have been moved to no longer support the team, and we respect your position. Others, however, have supported their act of a peaceful demonstration of their beliefs, and this we respect as well.”McCutcheon does, however, want the students of UCSB to know they have the right to express beliefs and feelings. “It is not for me to attempt to convey why they feel so deeply compelled to do so other than to say it is their way of expressing concern and support for advances in the many areas of social injustice that exist in our world today,” McCutcheon said in the statement.

49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was well aware how fans and media would perceive what him kneeling would mean.  “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed,” Kaepernick said. “If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” It was not directed towards the flag but more towards the discrimination in our country.

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As a handicap Mexican American minority I know as well as anyone what being discriminated against is like. We are given the right as born citizens to state our minds with the freedom of speech. The freedom of speech can sometimes be used in the wrong way or not be fully understood by everyone. There is a time and place for everything and that using the freedom of speech as hatred. The kneeling during national anthems is not considered hate though it is a peaceful demonstration. I can also see how it offends others if it is looked at wrong such as this being about the flag.

There is great sacrifice that the military does for its country. You have to remember too that we are given this right to speak our minds from our brothers in arms. For the longest time though this nation has been separated and minorities have experienced a lot of hate and hostility based on the color of their skin. We are all equal and all have our own choices to make. Honestly we just need to be there for each other and know we are all human beings.

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Posted on December 2, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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