#BamaSits protest during national anthem at Alabama football game

#BamaSits protest during national anthem at Alabama football game
UA student Emerald Vaughn. Source: WBRC video
UA student Emerald Vaughn. Source: WBRC video
UA student Dwyer Freeman. Source: WBRC video
UA student Dwyer Freeman. Source: WBRC video

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Thirty or so people may never have stood out so much while sitting in the stands during an Alabama home football game.

"I looked over just to see people's reaction and we got this [thumbs down sign] and people were like, 'No.' And then after the national anthem was over, we got the USA chant and '"F" you guys,'" according to University of Alabama student and protester Emerald Vaughn.

Vaughn and a few dozen others refused to stand up during the singing of the national anthem.

"We just want to notify the people in America that there is social injustice going on in the world with police brutality against people of color whether they be black, brown or white and that's why we took a stand at the game," Vaughn said.

These students aren't an organized group, but they share some common interests.

Among them, they feel some groups don't treat people fairly, especially when it comes to race.

"I hope the university starts to realize how do we play a national role on what's going on across the country," Dwyer Freeman, another protester, explained.

Some students think this kind of protest goes too far.

"I think it's disrespectful. I think it's everyone's opinion based on what they want to do. I'm not going to bash someone for sitting down during the national anthem," Peyton Trousdalke said.

Organizers say they plan on sitting down during the national anthem at all remaining home football games.

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