TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Thousands will pack Bryant Denny Stadium this Saturday for the Crimson Tide’s big matchup against Texas A&M. Some Alabama students attending the game are planning a protest.
During the national anthem, a group of 50 students will remain seated. They call their movement “Bama Sits.” The same group did the same protest three weeks ago at Bryant Denny during Alabama’s game against Kentucky.
Maya Perry says students are demonstrating to raise awareness about police brutality and racism. Perry is a junior and a political science major.
“Well I think the national anthem is supposed to represent everyone in this country. And when police brutality happens and obvious injustice happening in this country I think we don’t have to stand up for an anthem that doesn’t support us. We don’t have to stand up and say we belong to a country that doesn’t support us in return,” Perry explained.
A few weeks ago after their first protest, police arrested Alabama student Ryan Parish. He was charged with harassment for making racial threats on social media to an African American student at the University.