UNC Students Protest National Anthem With Raised Fists


As the national anthem blared inside the Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina Saturday (Sept. 24), a group of 75 students spoke out against police brutality, without uttering a single word.

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The group of both black and white students, raised fists during the anthem, while University of North Carolina band members took a knee.

A wide shot of the arena shows the cluster of students with fists in the air and wearing black shirts, amid a sea of blue UNC shirts.

The protest took place at a game between the Tar Heels and Pittsburg Panthers, and follows the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday (Sept. 20).

Scott, 43, was gunned down by Charlotte police, as his wife stood nearby recording and informing officers that her husband was unarmed and suffered from a traumatic brain injury. After the family publicized firsthand video of Smith’s shooting, Charlotte police released body cam recordings from the officers involved.

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In July, North Carolina’s governor passed a law protecting police footage from being made public without a court order.

See video of the UNC student protest below.