Last year, five Georgia cheerleaders took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality in America.
This year, four of the five kneelers failed to make the Kennesaw State University cheerleading squad.
That’s called karma.
Following the controversial protest, the KSU athletic department made the cheerleaders stay off the field during the national anthem. University System of Georgia officials ultimately determined the protest was protected by the First Amendment.
The cheerleaders are now free to do their kneeling on the sidelines.
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The kneeling cheerleaders who got cut from the squad are apparently not happy about it either.
When pressed on the issue and the national anthem, KSU President Pamela Whitten pointed to a previous statement:
“While we respect the First Amendment rights of individuals, it is the University of System of Georgia’s belief that everyone should stand to honor the National Anthem. However, the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia has advised that the First Amendment protects students who kneel or sit during the National Anthem. Therefore, USG institutions cannot prohibit or interfere with those expressions.”
The statement added, “The Board of Regents respects and is grateful for the values that our flag represents which guarantee the very right to free expression that allows these students to engage in these activities."
It's nice to see a university stand up for America and the flag for a change.