Another chapter in the book Why They Kneel. This time it was Ole Miss basketball players, eight of them, who took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem at a home basketball game. Why?
The players were making a statement about a neo-Confederate rally being held nearby. From AP account:
“The majority of it was just that we saw one of our teammates doing it and didn’t want him to be alone,” Ole Miss scoring leader Breein Tyree said. “We’re just tired of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like we have these hate groups in our actual school.”
Ole Miss Coach Kermit Davis added:
This was all about the hate groups that came to our community to try spread racism and bigotry, It’s created a lot of tension for our campus. Our players made an emotional decision to show these people they’re not welcome on our campus, and we respect our players freedom and ability to choose that.
Two pro-Confederate groups, with supporters numbering less than 100, marched in Oxford to display unhappiness that Ole Miss has dropped the Col. Reb mascot and otherwise taken steps to distance itself from Confederate heritage.
Great Twitter coverage of everything, including the protest, by Nick Suss of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Two sides. pic.twitter.com/ed8zPuFphI
— Nick Suss (@nicksuss) February 23, 2019