11, 12 Year Old Beaumont Bulls Football Players Participated In National Anthem Protest: Season Ended, Coach Suspended

By Collie Lane, Parent Herald October 20, 06:30 am
The Beaumont man explains the team members wanted to start a conversation about ending gang violence, bullying, officer involved crimes and other issues. He said the players decided to kneel instead of sit down to show that they still respect the military and others who have made sacrifices for our freedom.
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A football team made up of young kids, 11 to 12-year-old, kneeled while the "Star-Spangled Banner" was playing as a sign of protest against America's treatment of its black citizens. The cost of their action led to being kicked out from the season, and the team coach reportedly getting suspended.

The Beaumont Bulls senior league football team act of protest has made conflict in the team, its coaches, and the organization, as reported by Scarymommy. This is not the first time it happened as it can be recalled how the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not stand for national anthem during the NFL preseason as a sign of protest against racism as well.

Head coach Rah-rah Barber explained in an interview that his team, part of the Bay Area Football League, had the decision to protest for the same reasons San Francisco 49er QB Colin Kaepernick, and several other players across the NFL had.

The peaceful and silent protest was approved by some parents. Some did not.

Some of the angles considered here are Police brutality, wrongful arrests and racial violence plague black folk over Texas and Louisiana recently. Within days of Kaepernick staging his protest, Beaumont Bulls coaching staff under coach Barber privately discussed the possibility them taking a knee before their next game.

Kids in the team and their families have gained respect from some while others sent them death threats, New York Daily News reported.

One member of the board and also a parent of a Bull said the team disbanded after some players started to quit due to Coach Barber pressuring to participate in the protest. The board subsequently suspended Barber from the team  without clear reason, but presumably because of creating a "hostile mood." 

No matter what the conflict were, the kids are already involved and they are 11 and 12 year-old boys. They are to be educated well and made sure to understand what they stand for. At their young age, they are to be taught to decide well and be able to say yes if yes and no if no. Acting due to pressure from the environment is not healthy for kids at all.

Watch here below Beaumont youth football club's silent protest video:

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