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October 22nd, 2017
A woman protesting against America-hating anthem protesters was arrested at the Midland versus Midland Dow football game Friday night.
Some believe it was only because she was not part of a group of ingrate students protesting imaginary racial inequality or the veterans protesting the disrespect of the flag, that she ended up being arrested for trespassing.
Controversy had surrounded the game before the first whistle blew, because of two separate groups who had planned opposing protests during the National Anthem.
One group of Marxists, “Students for Social Justice” locked arms during the national anthem to protest against racial inequality that only exists in their imaginations.
To counter-protest blatant disrespecting of the flag, a group of veterans gathered in opposition.
“While some may be offended by peaceful acts during the Anthem, actions that do not create a disruption are within students’ constitutional rights,” Superintendent Michael Sharrow said in the statement.
The statement was issued after the district learned some students planned to kneel during the National Anthem at Oct. 20’s football game between Midland and Midland Dow reports WNEM.
The statement went on to say the district encourages all audience members to stand and be respectful during the anthem.
“Midland does not sanction this type of activity. Indeed, the district believes that patriotism and love of country should be encouraged and celebrated as reflected in our school policies,” the statement read.
The students who protested the anthem released a statement:
“Prior to the Midland-Dow football game, a group of students will be standing and linking arms during the National Anthem at 6:45 under the scoreboard; this will not occur on the field,” a letter from the Marxist group, Students for Social Justice of Midland said.
Supposedly the students are protesting racial inequality, and the intent of their protest is to stand in unity to bring attention to imaginary “racial injustices faced by People of Color in this world.”
“We hope to give speech to those who feel speechless; to give hope for those who feel hopeless; and to represent those who feel forgotten,” the letter said.
The letter went on to say the group has decided to stand and link arms instead of kneel.
“If kneeling was the main cause of concern, this is our solution. As a group of students whose sole purpose is to actively make change for the better, we’ve made this adjustment not as a way of backing down, but as a way to make our message more direct,” the letter read.
“We are not disrespecting former or current members of the military, the flag, police officers, or this country,” the statement said.
A group of veterans planned their own protest against the students.
“We have a peaceful protest planned. We would like to just oppose the opposition that are against our National Anthem, whether that be the taking of a knee or interlocking arms. The appropriate way to show respect is to stand at attention,” said Lee Johnson, veteran.
Johnson said the issue is of the utmost importance right now.
“Certain people are trying to make this into a racial issue. The flag is not about a racial issue. The flag has always represented liberty and freedom,” Johnson said.
Sharrow said Johnson is welcome to attend the game and participate just like any other paying fan, as long as all sides do so peacefully. He added no fans will be allowed on the field before the game.
“The flag is an emblem that drapes the casket of a dead soldier. So to disrespect the flag is to disrespect a dead soldier,” Johnson said.
All of the protests remained peaceful, but the independent protester wound up being arrested for trespassing, simply because the Principal demanded she move away from the flag, and she refused to comply.
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