Tommia Dean sued Kennesaw State University over the school’s attempt to block her and four other members of the cheerleading team from kneeling in protest of racial inequality and systemic racism during the playing of the national anthem.
The university announced that the cheerleading squad would be removed from the field prior to kickoff following the first round of protests, but the decision was ultimately reversed. But that didn’t stop Dean from accusing two elected officials, Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, of conspiring to keep the cheerleaders off of the field in order to stop the protests.
“Ehrhart and Warren used their power and influence to create a threatening atmosphere for any groups daring to exercise the privileges and immunities guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution,” her lawsuit read, via the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Tommia stopped by the set of ABC’s “The View” to discuss her protest, the lawsuit against Kennesaw State, and the fallout from it all.
“Eventually, if you respect each other, you will understand each other,” Dean said.
You can watch the full interview below.