With the nation still collectively freaking out over Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest, Rodney Axson Jr., a high school senior playing football for Brunswick, joined the NFL player. On Sept. 2, WOIO reports
, following a locker room discussion with his own teammates about their use of racial slurs, Axson and two other teammates took a knee during the national anthem.
His action garnered racial harassment
and a wave of media attention. The schools, the local police department and the NAACP have stepped in to investigate the causes of Axson's protest and the aftermath.
One resounding sentiment, mirroring the Kaepernick story: People insisting that Americans don't have the right to "disrespect" the national anthem. It's more manufactured outrage, and it misses Axson's point entirely.