A large group of students, band members, and fans in the North Carolina student section protested the National Anthem.
While the anthem played before the Tar Heels’ game against Pittsburgh, approximately 70 protesters wore black shirts, remained seated, and raised their fists.
The anthem protest at UNC came just after Keith Scott, a black man, was shot and killed by a black police officer in Charlotte. Scott’s death set off a series of protests in North Carolina.
The protest also reflect a spread of Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest. The backup quarterback for the 49ers sat and began kneeling during the National Anthem. The event triggered a string of similar protests throughout the NFL and other sports teams.
The UNC protest is the largest of its scale on the college football scene likely because of a combination of Scott and Kaepernick protesting.
You can see the protest below.
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