- Denasia Lawrence sang the national anthem before NBA game in Miami
- As she sang she knelt, following lead of NFL player Colin Kaepernick
- Lawrence sang before the Miami Heat played the Philadelphia 76ers
- Miami Heat linked arms in a sign of unity before start of the game
- Kneeling for anthem has become a protest against racial discrimination
A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’.
The singer was identified by the Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear if she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.
Heat players and coaches stood side-by-side for the anthem, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason.
Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.
We felt as a basketball team that we would do something united, so that was our focus,’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
‘Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue.
‘We’ve had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action.’
The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand for its playing.
Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports — and many levels, from youth all the way to professional — have followed his lead in various ways.
I read an article a moment ago about a black female who took to one knee while performing the national anthem last night during an NBA game. So, in the spirit of fairness and balance, I thought I’d post a list of issues about which black people will never take a knee:
– the legal murder of more than 17 million unborn black babies since Roe v. Wade in 1973
– the refusal of the federal government to allow parental choice in determining at what school their children should be educated
– the 73 percent rate at which black children are reared in single-parent homes
– the 72 percent out-of-wedlock birth rate of black children
– an increasingly burdensome tax code that forces black parents to work longer hours resulting in less time spent with their children
– a punitive healthcare law that is forcing many black households into bankruptcy because the premiums and penalties are unaffordable
– a double-digit black unemployment rate which is influenced by a liberal immigration policy that encourages and accommodates violating the law under the guise of “fulfilling a dream”
– an increasingly high rate of HIV- infected black men and women in black urban and suburban neighborhoods
– the decades-long impact of liberal policies that have only served to exacerbate poverty and government dependency in urban communities, despite the fact that 95 percent of black voters support the political party that endorses those policies
– the rate at which black people commit violent crimes against other black people
Not trying to start an argument. I’m just sick of the hypocrisy.