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Volleyball Players Kneel During National Anthem

September 9, 2016

Three West Virginia University Institute of Technology volleyball players took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before a game on Wednesday. The players, all of whom are black women, said they were kneeling in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the National Football League quarterback who set off a national debate for refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of racial oppression.

"He's exercising his right to choose to sit or stand, so you have to recognize that he's got that right," Keyonna Morrow, one of the players and vice president of WVU Tech's Black Student Union, told a local news station.

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Jake New

Jake New, Reporter, covers student life and athletics for Inside Higher Ed. He joined the publication in June 2014 after writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education and covering education technology for eCampus News. For his work at the Chronicle covering legal disputes between academic publishers and critical librarians, he was awarded the David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists. His work has also appeared in the Bloomington Herald-Times, Indianapolis Monthly, Slate, PBS, Times Higher Education and the Australian. Jake studied journalism at Indiana University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Daily Student.

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