Since Colin Kaepernick first sat during the national anthem as a stance against violence and racism in America late last month, several NFL players have followed the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback with silent protests of their own.
Kaepernick's brave stance has even trickled down to the high school level, where Rodney Axson from Ohio’s Brunswick High School took a knee during the national anthem last weekend.
But Axson, 16, wasn't only protesting racial injustice in the country. He was also protesting racism towards him.
The teenager told the New York Daily News that he heard two white teammates use the N-word to describe players on the opposing team last weekend.
He approached them, asked them to stop and was told that the word "wasn't meant for you" to which Axson told the tabloid, “I do feel it was meant for me because I am an African-American.”
That led to Axson kneeling in protest during the national anthem before the game.
And like Kaepernick, doing so led to Axson being on the receiving end of even more racism.
Axson told the Daily News that he was called the N-word by teammates several times after the game and via text messages.
In the week that followed, a Snapchat post revealed a piece of paper with the N-Word, "F*** Rodney" and “Lets Lynch n******” written on it.
Axson tweeted the lynch note as proof of the racism he's been battling in his school.
The school told the Daily News that they're investigating the incident.
As part of his tweet, Axson explained: “This is for everyone who calls me ignorant for sitting during the national anthem because I believe the racial inequality is real and living. This is for everyone who says, ‘You’re from Brunswick, you don’t face any discrimination.’”
He added: “This is for everyone who feels ‘Rodney just wants attention.’ This is for everyone who's going to say, Iit’s just a joke.’ Finally, this is for everyone who doesn’t see what is really going on for African-Americans in this nation. Say all you want about me, I don’t care, I will continue to sit, I will continue to be myself even if it makes me a ‘n*****’, I will continue to pray to God at night that racism ends. God Bless.”
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(Photo: Rodney Axson via Twitter)
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