Kennesaw State cheerleader Shlondra Young was one of the five cheerleaders who took a knee during the national anthem at September 30th football game.
Since then, the cheerleaders have not been allowed on the field during the national anthem. The school has given mixed messages for their reasoning, saying they were trying to enhance the fan experience. The Cobb County sheriff has even spoken out against the cheerleader’s actions.
Now, Young has decided to speak out of Facebook:
I think we can all agree what those five young women did was very brave. There have been several military members that have spoken out saying that, far from being disrespectful, they fought in those wars to protect our rights- including the right to free speech.
You can see these young women kneeling below:
Today , I kneel for equality , I kneel for social injustice and I kneel for those who unjustly lost their lives and are no longer here to kneel for themselves . I kneel in a city where a confederate culture still exists among some and issues such as this are often placed on the back burner . I kneel in a city where I am a minority . But most importantly , I kneel for unity in a country that needs it the most right now . “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, he will never leave or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) 🙏🏾 #TaketheKnee 🖤
Posted by Shlondra Young on Saturday, September 30, 2017