Michigan football players raise fists in protest during national anthem (Video)


Michigan Wolverines players raised their right fists in protest during the playing of the national anthem before their home game against Penn State.

Since Colin Kaepernick opted to take a knee in protest of civil rights during the playing of the national anthem at San Francisco 49ers football games, many fellow football players have opted to join in his peaceful protests.

Many players have decided to take a knee in support of Kaepernick. Others, like Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, have raised their right fists in the Black Power symbol to further escalate the movement.

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The Michigan Wolverines joined the cause with their in-state rival Michigan State Spartans in raising their right fists in protest of civil rights. Michigan State had three of its players exercise their right to protest. More than that joined in at the Big Ten game being played in Ann Arbor between Michigan and Penn State.

What made this peaceful protest before the game between the Wolverines and the Penn State Nittany Lions so interesting was that it wasn’t just black athletes that joined in. One can clearly see a white fist raised in support of his black teammates. To date, this is the first time a non-black football player has joined the social justice cause.

Michigan has done a better job of taking care of business on the gridiron that Michigan State. The Wolverines are crushing James Franklin’s Penn State team. Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State program suffered its first loss at home in Week 4 to Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin Badgers, 30-6.

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With every major football game in both college and in the NFL, more players are joining Kaepernick’s cause. These protests have gone on for weeks now. This is clearly a movement and not a passing trend.