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High school athletes are protesting the national anthem — and that’s great patriotism.

Colin Kaepernick’s protests, once thought of as a symbol of a bygone political era of politically inclined athletes, have heated up quickly on the high school level. It has awakened the sleeping giant of younger athletes eager to take a stand against the constant stream of news about police brutality in recent years.

The latest example comes from Minneapolis, where on Thursday night the entire Minnesota South High School’s girls’ volleyball team kneeled during the national anthem. 

And the list of young protesters grows daily: a black high school football player in Worcester, Massachusetts; a high school football team in San Francisco; high school basketball players in Nebraska; an entire football team in Camden, New Jersey. But sadly, every athlete who chooses not to stand is also taking a risk. 

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