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Ole Miss Basketball Players Kneel During National Anthem

Internet users speculate that the players kneeled in response to a local Confederate demonstration.

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Continuing a trend that began in the National Football League, several basketball players at the University of Mississippi knelt during the National Anthem before today’s game against the University of Georgia.

“Several Ole Miss players knelt during the national anthem,” said Neal McCready on Twitter.

McCready posted photos of the incident:

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There is speculation that the kneeling was related to a Confederate demonstration on or near the Ole Miss campus taking place during the game. Confederate 901 and Hiwaymen demonstrators reportedly took to the streets of Oxford, Mississippi Saturday afternoon. The players are apparently unaware – despite their enrollment at an institution of “higher learning” – that the Confederate Army was racially integrated.

Anthem kneeling has been the topic of much debate since former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest “racial injustice” in America. Though he has not been able to secure an NFL contract since his antics, he has become a cult figure on the political left.

Kneeling briefly spilled over into the baseball world when Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee for the final 20 games of the 2017 season.

This is the first instance of such behavior in college basketball, and one that is likely to reignite debate in a racially-charged political climate.

Ole Miss has not yet commented on the situation.


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City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”

There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.

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The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”

“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.

Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.

The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.

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Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”

Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.

Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:

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