In August of 2016, Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the National Anthem of a preseason game. Over the next few weeks the football player started taking a knee during the Star Spangled Banner. His actions inspired other athletes to do the same as a way to protest racial injustice in the criminal system. Kaepernick, as you know, ignited a national debate of whether the form of protest is disrespectful.

The debate hit home this week as some players on the RCTC football team took a knee before their game last Saturday. The college put out the statement below which was published by The Post Bulletin:

“As an institution of higher learning, RCTC respects and will protect the rights of our students, staff and faculty to free speech, expression, petition, and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. We also respect our students’ right to express themselves in a peaceful manner.”