Black Football Player Receives Death Threats For Anthem Protest
On September 2nd, football player Rodney Axson from Ohio’s Brunswick High School took a knee during the National Anthem to protest against racial injustice – beginning with his own.
Axson would become the first high school football player in the country to kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick a week before Saturday’s wave of high school athletes protesting across the nation.
Unlike Kaepernick, his protest was not planned.
Axson told the Daily News, “I didn’t show up to the game thinking that I would kneel for the national anthem.”
Prior to the game, Axson, 16, says he overheard two white teammates in the locker room using the “N-word” to describe members of the opposing team.
Axson says he was called the N-word by teammates multiple times both verbally that day and in subsequent text messages.
Later in the week, a Snapchat post surfaced with a photo of a hand-written piece of paper with four “N-Words” preceded by “F–k Rodney” and followed by “Lets Lynch Ni–ers.”
“We made the decision to move to Brunswick to provide a better life for our kids,” says Rodney’s mother Danielle Axson, “he didn’t always feel this way, but his reality has changed. He couldn’t even wrap his head around this.”