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SIU cheerleaders take a knee during football game

Sophomore psychology major Ariahn Hunt, left, and sophomore pre-med major Alaysia Brandy, both of Chiacgo, kneel during the national anthem Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 before the Saluki’s matchup against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers at Saluki Stadium. Photo credit: Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz | Daily Egyptian

Three Saluki cheerleaders knelt Saturday during the national anthem, joining the protests happening at sports events across the country. Read more from the Daily Egyptian:

“It’s not a protest against the flag. It’s not a protest against Donald Trump,” the Chicago native said. “It was a protest for our civil rights that we are still fighting for, that we have been fighting for, for hundreds of years and we’re not getting any justice.”

Brandy, a pre-Med student studying biological sciences, mirrored Hunt’s sentiments.

“Just because it’s 2017 and we’re still fighting for our civil rights that our ancestors have been fighting for, for years,” she said. “Black people and minorities as a whole have still been trying to become equal in society, and it has not changed.”

Tinker’s reason for kneeling focused on how minorities are treated by law enforcement.

“I did it because we still haven’t had justice against police brutality,” the sports media student said. “Nothing has been done and it needs to change ASAP.”

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