NWSL soccer player Rachel Hill explained her reasoning for not kneeling for the National Anthem, after the league started over the weekend.
Instead, Hill stood next to two of her teammates, resting her hand on one of their shoulders.
Unlike the seemingly majority of athletes right now, the National Anthem still means something to Rachel.
Rachel Hill was one of the National Women’s Soccer League players who did not kneel during the national anthem when the league started its season over the weekend.
Hill was seen standing next to Casey Short and Julie Ertz as her Chicago Red Stars teammates knelt and embraced during the anthem. On Tuesday, Hill explained that she chose not to kneel while still supporting the protests across the U.S. against racial injustice and police brutality.
“I chose to stand because of what the flag inherently means to my military family members and me, but I 100% percent support my peers. Symbolically, I tried to show this with the placement of my hand on Casey’s shoulder and bowing my head. I struggled, but felt that these actions showed my truth, and in the end I wanted to remain true to myself,” Hill said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“If this wasn’t clear, let my words and further actions be. 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.”
Here's Rachel's full statement via Twitter:
Hill's statement speaks to a far greater problem in America right now:
Why should anyone have toexplain why they won't take a knee during the National Anthem in the first place?
The answer is simple: The outrage mob has highjacked the National Anthem through manipulation and is spreading fear to those who still believe in standing.
It's up to every American to not cave in to their outrage.