WNBA Team & Howard Cheerleaders Join the Ranks of Those Kneeling in Protest of Police Violence

Cheerleaders and the WNBA Join The Ranks of Those Kneeling in Protest of Police Violence

With black and brown lives continuously threatened by police brutality, the protest against the national anthem continues. 

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WNBA team Indiana Fever as well as Howard University's cheerleading squad have joined the dissent, started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, by kneeling at their most recent games.

For Wednesday's playoff game, the entire Indiana Fever team locked arms and kneeled during the national anthem. Their coach, Stephanie White, applauded the team as soon as "The Star Spangled Banner" ended.

"I'm proud of y'all doing that together," she said. "That's big. It's bigger than basketball."

This isn't the first time a WNBA team has taken action like this. In July, four players of the Minnesota Lynx wore black warmup shirts that said "Change starts with us, justice and accountability" on the front with the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling along with the crest of the Dallas Police Department and the words "Black Lives Matter" on the back.

"If we take this time to see that this is a human issue and speak out together, we can greatly decrease fear and create change," said Maya Moore, one of the team captains. "Tonight we will be wearing shirts to honor and mourn the losses of precious American citizens and to plea for change in all of us."

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Hopefully, as more people in the spotlight start to stand up against police brutality, the rest of the U.S. will follow the suit.