On August 26, 2017 Michael Bennett, a professional football player, got harassed by white police officers. He was in Las Vegas on his off day for the Mcgregor-Mayweather fight. He was leaving the fight when he heard what sounded like gunshots. Like everyone else, he ran away from it. Las Vegas police officers singled him out and ordered him to the ground. Many think that they did it just because he was black. They handcuffed him until his fingers went numb. They shoved him into a police car and realized it was Michael Bennett. “This is a great example of why I sit for the National anthem at every game,” Michael said.
Lots of people have been abused just because of their skin color. It happens daily yet only gets talked about if it’s someone famous or if someone dies. Football at Asheville Middle School started last Thursday. The cheer squad is mostly black and the football team is a mix of black and white. It’s important not to judge people just because of their color because it’s wrong. Most people have friends of all different races so it doesn't make sense to judge. “On the football team we are family, so it would be wrong to judge your family just because of race.” Ethan said, a captain on the football team. Who knows, someone might sit for the anthem at a game to stand against racism. Here at AMS, we have to make sure we are leading by example and treating people the right way!
Story by Winston Sloan