Why they kneel — Africa to America presentation


Annie Murphy, managing editor

To share their stories on why they kneel during the National Anthem, Amber Richards and Christina Lynch held an open discussion for KHS Thursday Dec. 15. The journalism lecture hall filled with students, teachers and administrators. Richards and Lynch, seniors, shared their testimonies and answered any questions people had to ask.

Lynch talked about the third stanza of the National Anthem and said its context is disrespectful to people of different races, blacks specifically. She said because of the injustices that occur in society, she is scared for the lives of her family and friends.

“I kneel for my family, my friends and for the good of this country,” Lynch said. “We are not letting others label us. I’m not labeling myself as Hispanic, white [or] black; I’m me.”

Because some do not understand why students kneel, Richards explained that she is respectful of all people’s opinions. When faced with negative feedback, Richards said she was not phased and that it did not affect her stance on the movement.

“People have their own opinion, but I’m [going to] do me,” Richards said. “Blacks have always been disadvantaged, and I’m going to kneel until that is changed.”

Although it was for their Africa to America final exam, taught by Maddie Raimondo, social studies teacher, Richards and Lynch said this is something they are both passionate about and will continue to fight for. With many students participating and having discussions with each other about the topic, Richards and Lynch encouraged conversation among the group and plan on holding more discussions in the future.