White Woman Kneels Singing National Anthem During Sacramento Kings Game

October 12, 2016  |  

It’s been said the only way society can move out from under the ugly shadow of police brutality and the racism that underlies it is if white people stand in solidarity with the African American community. Leah Tysse did just that when she took a knee while singing the National Anthem and a simultaneous stand for racial equality during the Sacramento Kings basketball game Monday night .

Tysse is a Bay Area singer who took a page out of the Colin Kaepernick book on peaceful protesting when she sang the “Star Spangled Banner” in front of a crowded stadium during the Kings’ first preseason game and knelt at the end of her rendition as a nod to the injustices the Black community has experienced as of late. In a Facebook post, Tysse explained the motivation behind her decision:

Why I took a knee while singing the Anthem at a Sacramento Kings NBA game: This act embodies the conflict many of us feel. I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans. I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability. I believe that the majority of police are good and are against this too and as a nation we all need to speak up. We should all be outraged and demand justice and an end to the brutality. Let’s look around our communities for those facilitating healthy interactions between law enforcement and communities of color and support. The sad reality is, as a white American I am bestowed a certain privilege in this nation that is not enjoyed by all people. Black families are having much different conversations with their children about how to interact with the police than white families. Let’s be honest. Until we can recognize that white privilege exists we cannot have a dialogue about race. Whether or not you can see if from your vantage point, there is a deep system of institutionalized racism in America, from everyday discrimination to disproportionate incarceration of people of color to people losing their lives at the hands of the police simply for being black. This is not who we claim to be as a nation. It is wrong and I won’t stand for it. #solidarity #pleasevote

While some Army vets and a few naysayers who fail to recognize the genocide happening in our community may have had an issue with Tysse’s move, by and large she’s received a great deal of praise for her bold gesture and the message it sends.

Watch the performance below.

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