Iowa cheerleader: I’d rather quit the team than quit protesting during the national anthem

Alyssa Parker and a few fellow college cheerleaders — all of them African American — sat inside the rec center a couple of weeks ago on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
 
The rest of their cheer squad, the football team and a stadium full of fans were gathered outside for a home game Saturday, Oct. 21. "The Star-Spangled Banner” played and cued the crowd to remove their hats and stand at attention with hands on hearts. 
 
As Parker sat there, away from public view, she didn’t like the feeling in the pit of her stomach that accompanied the distant strains of the national anthem.

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