Elementary students kneel for national anthem performance before Mariners game

During their elementary school choir’s performance of the national anthem before a game between the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians at Safeco Field on Easter Sunday, two students kneeled.

The students got the attention of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who retweeted a photo of the students kneeling shared by Tacoma news Tribune reporter Ryan S. Clark.

Kaepernick is credited with starting a movement in support of racial equality and social justice by kneeling during The Star-Spangled Banner before games during the 2016 season, his last in the NFL.

Video of the elementary school students kneeling also made it to Twitter:

Kaepernick’s movement caught on across the sports world and crossed over into national politics, earning him GQ magazine’s Citizen of the Year honor and making him a finalist for Time’s Person of the Year award. Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, the son of a U.S. Army veteran, was the first baseball player to protest inequality and injustice during the national anthem this past September.

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Sep 24, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell (13) kneels during the national anthem as right fielder Mark Canha (20) places his hand on his shoulder before a game against the Texas Rangers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell (13) kneels during the national anthem as right fielder Mark Canha (20) places his hand on his shoulder before a game against the Texas Rangers at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics kneels as teammate Mark Canha #20 places his hand on Maxwell's shoulder during the singing of the National Anthem before their MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics kneels as teammate Mark Canha #20 places his hand on Maxwell's shoulder during the singing of the National Anthem before their MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics kneels during the singing of the National Anthem before his MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics kneels during the singing of the National Anthem before his MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics embraces teammate Mark Canha after Maxwell kneel during the singing of the National Anthem before their MLB American League baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, U.S., September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Oct 1, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell (13) takes a knee during the National Anthem, as teammate right fielder Mark Canha (20) places his hand on his left shoulder prior to a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
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A handful of recordingartists have kneeled during their national anthem performances at NFL and NBA games over the past year. Likewise, youthathletes have kneeled before games. But the two young girls who kneeled during their performance at Sunday’s Mariners game are trailblazers, demonstrating that the quest for racial equality and social justice has support from a new generation.

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