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On Wednesday, professional women’s soccer player Rachel Hill, who comes from a military family, posted a lengthy statement to social media explaining why she chose to stand for the playing of the national anthem before the Chicago Red Stars’ most recent game.

The entire Red Stars team wore “Black Lives Matter” t-shirts at pre-game; Hill, however, was the lone player to stand during the anthem.

“When I stood for the national anthem before the Chicago Red Stars’ most recent game, this was a decision that did not come easily or without profound thought,” she explained. “Before the game, I was completely torn on what to do. I spoke with friends, family, and teammates — of all races, religions and backgrounds — with the hope of guidance.”

“I chose to stand because of what the flag inherently means to my military family members and me, but I 100% support my peers,” Hill said. “Symbolically, I tried to show this with the placement of my hand on Casey’s shoulder and bowing my head.”

Hill’s statement, which can be read in full below, goes on to underscore her support for “the black lives matter movement,” noting that as a “white athlete” she needs to step up and fight inequality.

“What the black community goes through on a daily basis in this country is unacceptable. The pain. The hurt. Facing racism, prejudice, and social injustice — it must change,” the soccer player’s statement said, adding, “I support the black lives matter movement wholeheartedly. I also support and will do my part in fighting against the current inequality. As a white athlete, it is way past due for me to be diligently anti-racist.

As noted by The Daily Wire last week, two full rosters of women’s soccer teams — the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage — took a knee during the playing of our national anthem, as well.

Hill, an open Christian, ended her post by highlighting the call for her to love her neighbors as herself:

I do the best I can each day to show love and respect towards every human being. Through my faith I’ve been taught that love always works, and the command I follow is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14. I pray for recognition of the dignity and worth of all people. In this moment the black community needs us. I am ready to help with meaningful action that leads to everlasting change. Do I have all the answers to this? No. But we must start somewhere, and that’s my intent.

 

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11 Comments
  • Cyn says:

    I’m sick and tired of hearing “what they go through”, they live in America are given Affirmative Action, put ahead of others with better qualifications for a job or a scholarship all because of the color of their skin. They are no more discriminated against than anyone else. There are more black on black crimes than any whit on black crimes and this stance against the flag and our anthem if they don’t like they should get the hell out! Men and women died under that flag, blacks as well as whites, and until the day I die I will kneel for the Lord but will always stand with respect and hand over heart for the flag of this country and the words of our anthem.

    • Larry says:

      Touché…

    • CB says:

      Im sorry but i lost a little respect that she said she still supports BLM and whate they “GO THROUGH” UGH. BS! AND HOW IS IT OK TO WEAR those disgusting HATE group BLM shirts over their unifom. Like all the NBA players will do! If I didnt already NOT watch NBA Basketball I would sure stop NOW!

  • Annabel says:

    I find it EXTREMELY offensive that she apologizes for stranding and honouring the meaning of the flag. She does NOT have to explain ANYTHING TO ANYONE. Those kneeling idiots know full well any disrespect comes from their actions!!

  • ed says:

    I appreciate that she stood to honor the flag and anthem, but her words basically said, “Whites have to help the blacks because they are not capable of being successful on their own.” So blacks that buy into that attitude really shouldn’t complain about white supremacy because they are enabling it by not being responsible for their own lives.

  • GEORGE EADY says:

    her actions by (STANDING ) tells me her parents did a better job . than the others . she would not be mislead . in life that will go fare. and she still tryed to stay with them team. to knee at that time . disrespects AMERICA AND ALL THAT GAVE IT FOR THIS NATION . IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT THE DEEP STATE HAS A DEATH GRIP ON THIS NATION. RIPPING AMERICA APART FROM THE INSIDE . TO VOTE OUT THE DEMOCRATES IS TO STOP THE DEEP STATE ACTIONS . AND OBAMA IS THE HEART OF DEEP STATE

  • GEORGE EADY says:

    FOR MY SELF . I SEE THAT KNEEING . AS BEING THE SAME THINK AS BENDING OVER . ???

  • Mike says:

    These BLM people don’t matter in the least. They refuse to follow legal, established protocols, and to change things by electoral methods. They want communism? Send them to Venezuela.

  • Patriot1951 says:

    Obviously, Rachel, you’ve not been in the trenches where most real Americans live, but have swallowed the leftist/MSM vomit spewed out on a daily basis from anti_American Progressives. Where I live, we have not seen protests or riots or looting. I see people treating each other with dignity and respect., regardless of their skin color. Racism exists only in the periphery to be sure, but it is in no way mainstream.

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