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Dozens of students kneel in mass protest

Students held up three signs saying “RACIAL,” “JUSTICE” and “NOW.” The protest on Oct. 27 featured 65 students.

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A large group of students, 65 in total, came together before the last football game of the season Oct. 27 to protest against racial in-justices, drawing citywide media attention to their cause.

Lincoln’s Sisters of Color, along with other students, linked arms and took a knee during the national anthem to show support for change. Prompted by former football player Colin Kaepernick, they protested against police brutality, discrimination and racism.

The event was covered on FOX 12 and other channels, as well as Willamette Week.

We asked two Lincoln students who did not attend, but were inspired by the event, for their opinion.

 

What did you think of the protest?

“It’s a protest against an oppressive system, and the means of the protest takes the public eye. It’s about making positive change. Standing in unison and marching through the streets, to show that there needs to be change, and that ‘we will never be overcome; WE will overcome.’”
– Andrew Sheiman, junior

“Police brutality has been such a horrible issue that has never been addressed. This kneeling protest is that it really draws attention to this issue at sporting events, which is a place where people come together to support/cheer on their team. People from all backgrounds are coming together. I think educating people about this is one of the most important parts.”
– Sarah Kline, senior

 

Some people think that kneeling is an act that disrespects the fag and veter-
ans, do you agree or disagree?

“Veterans fight and sacrifice their lives to protect the rights of all Americans. That includes the right to protest.”
– Andrew Sheiman, junior

“I do not think that this disrespects the fag. They are simply shedding light on this huge issue of police brutality that has gone ignored for too long.”
– Sarah Kline, senior

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