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  • Kneeling in the Seats Protest Cancelled at UI Football Game – Cops Couldn’t Promise Safety

    In a fit of reality, the Our Voice Matters student group cancelled their planned protest at this weekends Iowa Hawkeye Homecoming Football game in Iowa City. The group had planned to kneel IN the student section at the football game in Kinnick Stadium this coming Saturday.

    They encouraged students to kneel during the anthem or raise their fist in protest to police brutality.

    Alexandria Yakes is a junior at the University of Iowa. She wants to raise awareness on police brutality against African Americans.

    She says, “It may not be a huge issue in Iowa City, but that doesn’t mean that we can sit here and pretend like it’s not happening everywhere else.”

    That’s why she’s organizing a protest during Saturday’s homecoming game. She’s asking the student section, and anyone else who feels like joining to kneel, or raise their fist during the National Anthem.

    She explains, “We are not protesting the flag, we are not protesting the military. I even said please sing along to the national anthem while you’re protesting.”

    However, in essence they are protesting the flag and most definitely…the police. The very people charged with protecting their right to protest. Ironic isn’t it.

    The University of Iowa issued a statement on the protests:

    “The University of Iowa values the First Amendment and freedom of expression. Civil discourse and the respectful exchange of ideas are the cornerstones of higher education and this great institution.”

    But then reality set in. The truth is if a few students take a knee in the student section it could be real trouble. College-aged students might drink some alcohol prior to heading to the game. Maybe a lot of alcohol.

    Then when happy protester takes a knee next to said drunk college kid who believes deeply in the flag…you can imagine the “F” word and fisticuffs flying. The cops on duty realized they could not provide adequate protection for the copycat kneelers.

    After meeting with school administration, Our Voice Matters issued another press release calling the whole thing off!

    Through these meetings we have determined that the demands CAN and WILL be pursued through conversations with administration. These conversations are already in place. If you want to be part of this initiative, you are welcomed to be at the table. With all that being said, there will be NO PARTICIPATION on behalf of “Our Voice Matters” in the parade or football game.

    “We were informed after a series of meetings and discussions with various members of administration in conjunction with the police departments that safety could not be guaranteed,” Ariana Smith, a UI student and spokesperson for Our Voice Matters told Little Village Magazine in an email.

    Basically, take a knee if you want to, but you better be ready to fight off the angry students around you!

    Insulting the flag is not popular in any demographic…especially the drunk college student who loves America and the anthem.


    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, and others. His most recent novel, a political thriller titled Mercy Shot, and all titles by Steve can be found on Amazon or at www.scsherman.com. His newest novel, Lone Wolf Canyon, releases December 5th. Preorder here: https://www.amazon.com/S.C.-Sherman/e/B00JEN89B6/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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