Major League Baseball, the sport of Jackie Robinson and long ago a touchstone of civil rights, saw its first athlete join the movement started by Colin Kaepernick and inflamed this weekend by President Trump.
Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who hinted at such an action earlier in the day, knelt during the national anthem before Saturday night’s game against the Texas Rangers.
Maxwell, a 26-year-old catcher from Alabama, tweeted Saturday that in the wake of President Trump’s comments Saturday night to “fire the sons of (expletives)” in the NFL who kneeled for the anthem, that “This now has gone from just a BlackLives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for Their rights!”
A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell is the 1st MLB player to kneel for the national anthem. 👏
it’s officially pride month and YALL CAN BET!!! my ass is gonna be playing lgbts’ greatest pride anthem ‘not today’ as loud as i can for all 30 days!!!!!!!!!! i will be singing those ‘today we will surivive!’s in my SLEEP BITCH
April 1, 1917 - British Capture Savy Wood, Wilfred Owen Comes Down with “Shell-Shock”
Pictured - Wildred Owen, who wrote some of the most famous war poetry including “Dulce et Decorum Est.” He was killed in action on November 4, 1918, one week to the hour before the Armistice was signed.
In action on April 1st, the British Army captured Savy Wood, four miles from the town of St. Quentin near Arras. St. Quentin’s cathedral spire could now easily be made out in the distance. The battle was part of the preparation for the big push in spring, which was to be under the overall command of France’s new commander-in-chief, Robert Nivelle, who promised that at the helm he could end the war in a matter of weeks.
One of the soldiers fighting at Savy Wood that day was Wilfred Owen. Owen was a great friend of Siegfried Sassoon and alongside him perhaps the greatest poet of the Great War. “Dulce et Decorum Est” and “Anthem for Doomed Youth” are still the first things many think of today when they think of the First World War.
Owen led his platoon forward though an artillery barrage on April 1, storming a German trench only to find that its occupants had already retreated. The bombardment had severely shaken Owen nevertheless, and he laid down on a railway embankment to go to sleep when another “near-miss” blew him high into the air. This time his nerves could not handle the strain. The artillery shell “left him sheltering helplessly, close to the dismembered remains of another officer. When he got back to base, people noticed that he was trembling, confused, and stammering. It seems probable that his courage was called into question in some way by the CO, who may even have called him a coward.”
Although his CO showed no sympathy, a doctor diagnosed Owen with shell-shock. The shaken poet went to a hospital behind the lines at Etretat. Writing home on a postcard depicting the cliffs near the town, Owen recorded his delight at the respite: “This is the kind of Paradise I am in at present. No. 1 General Hospital. The doctor, orderlies, and sisters are all Americans, strangely from New York! I may get permission to go boating and even to bathe.” After a while, he returned to Britain and went to the Craiglockhart War Hospital for Neurasthenic Officers, where he composed some short lines on the inmates there:
DDN SPORTS Breaking News: Raiders Marshawn Lynch I’m With Kaepernick Sits During National Anthem
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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch became the latest athlete to not stand during the national anthem ahead of Saturday’s preseason game versus the Arizona Cardinals.
Its unclear if the Raiders star, who sat out the 2016 season and came out of retirement this spring, was sitting as a protest, joining Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins - who will continue to do so this year - and free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, among others.
No other players joined Lynch during the anthem on Saturday.
After the game head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters that he spoke to Lynch, who said he hadn’t stood for the national anthem in 11 years. Del Rio called it a “non-issue” in his opinion.
Its also unclear if Marshawn sitting during the national anthem was related to today tragic events in Charlottesville which 2 people are dead and multiple are injured after James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio man. is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run
On this day in 1792, La Marseillaise - the French national anthem - was composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle. Rouget de Lisle was a captain of the engineers in the French army, and an amateur musician. He was stationed at Strasbourg during the French Revolution, and was there when Austria and Prussia invaded France to quell the revolution. Upon France’s declaration of war on the two countries in April 1792, the mayor of Strasbourg asked Rouget de Lisle, a guest at his house, to write a marching song to rally French troops. He obliged, and on the evening of April 25th 1792, wrote the ‘Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin’ - ‘War song for
the Army of the Rhine’. The song was published by revolutionary
in Marseille, and was sung with fervour by the Marseille volunteer soldiers as they entered Paris in July 1792, earning the song its new title of ‘La Marseillaise’. In July 1795, ‘La Marseillaise’ was declared a national song, but it was banned by Napoleon under the new empire. The song was eventually rearranged and reinstated, and adopted as the national anthem under the Third Republic in 1879; in the twentieth century, the anthem was written into the constitution. The original ‘La Marseillaise’ had six verses, but only the first and sixth verse are customarily sung today. The lyrics are fairly violent, but it is a rousing song about the strength of French citizens, and remains an iconic national anthem.
Allons enfants de la Patrie, (Arise, children of the Fatherland) Le jour de gloire est arrive! (The day of glory has arrived!) Contre nous de la tyrannie, (Against us tyranny’s) L'etendard sanglant est leve (repeat) (Bloody banner is raised)