San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has drawn a lot of criticism for his decision to kneel during the national anthem, and one LSU fraternity has taken a particularly vocal stance on his protest.
Kaepernick announced during the preseason that he would be sitting during the national anthem before games as a statement against police shootings of African-Americans. He later amended his protest and elected to kneel instead. LSU’s chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity hung a banner outside its house mocking Kaepernick.
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The banner hasn’t been received well by the rest of the campus. The Coalition of LSU Student Organizations Committed to Community wrote a letter that was published in The Daily Reveile, LSU’s student newspaper criticizing the banner.
The coalition called the fraternity’s actions a violation of the university honor code and asked for the university to publicly denounce the banner. The letter also asked for the university to require all banners hung around campus in the future to be approved by campus life.
“While we acknowledge their first amendment right to free speech even when that speech expresses unpopular ideas,” the letter reads, “we believe it’s highly important to formally state that such behavior fosters a hostile campus environment for a large number of students.”
Here’s the full letter, courtesy of The Daily Reveille:
The banner went up just a couple of weeks after former LSU basketball great Shaquille O’Neal said he respected Kaepernick’s right to protest, but wouldn’t engage in it himself if he were still a player.