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National Anthem Singer Pulls a 'Kaepernick,' Drops to One Knee

National Anthem Singer Pulls a 'Kaepernick,' Drops to One Knee

By    |   Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:54 AM

A blonde-haired blues singer about to belt out the National Anthem at a Sacramento Kings game suddenly dropped to one knee to protest police violence against African Americans.

The scene was similar to the recent actions of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who's been staying off his feet during "The Star Spangled Banner" before games to protest racism and police shootings.

"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," performer Leah Tysse said on her Facebook page.

"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."

Tysse's protest was similar to that of Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has been staying off his feet during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" before games to protest racism and the police shootings of African Americans.

"The sad reality is, as a white American I am bestowed a certain privilege in this nation that is not enjoyed by all people ... Let's be honest. Until we can recognize that white privilege exists we cannot have a dialogue about race," Tysse said.

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."

Tysses' protest drew mixed reviews from fans.

"She wants to kneel, let her kneel, she sees disparities, there are disparities!" Karla Mendoza told CBS Sacramento.

But Air Force Veteran Martin Walker said: "It sends a bad message to other people in our country, and it definitely sends a bad message around the world."

Tysse can be seen singing in 2006 film "The Pursuit of Happyness," a PG-13 drama starring Will Smith.

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