Three Michigan State players raised their fists during the playing of the national anthem Saturday before the Spartans’ game against the Wisconsin Badgers.
The movement, of course, began with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began taking a knee during the national anthem for those in the country he cited as oppressed and as victims of police brutality.
Fellow NFL players followed suit, many of them raising their fists in solidarity with Kaepernick’s message.
Saturday, Spartans fullback Delton Williams, defensive end Gabe Sherrod and safety Kenney Lyke made sure the movement continued into the college ranks, their action depicted by this picture, courtesy of mlive.com‘s Mike Mulholland.
Sherrod, a senior graduate transfer, had already let on earlier in the week that he was planning on doing something during the playing of the anthem.
Time to represent this movement publicly!! Our lives matter too and even us privileged college students fear for our lives around the police
— Gabe Sherrod (@ges88_) September 20, 2016
After the police-related deaths of Tulsa resident Terence Crutcher and Charlotte resident Keith Lamont Scott, the issues of oppression and police brutality have been at the front and center of the nation’s vision.