Countless athletes and celebrities have joined Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem, and on Monday night (Oct. 11), singer Leah Tysse took a new kind of stand: kneeling while performing the song.
Tysse was called upon to deliver the national anthem during the Sacramento Kings game, and as she ended her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," she kneeled to protest "injustice" in America.
"This act embodies the conflict many of us feel," Tysse explained of her actions in a Facebook post following her performance. "I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans. I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do."