After singing the national anthem countless times, Leah Tysse decided not stand during her performance for the first time. Tysse kneeled while she sang the last notes of the national anthem at a Sacramento Kings pre-season game on Monday, October 10.
Tysse made the bold move to support Black Lives Matter and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose been criticized for kneeling during the anthem as well.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Tysse explained that kneeling is the most patriotic thing she could do.
"I cannot idly stand by as Black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability," she wrote. "The sad reality is, as a white American, I am bestowed a certain privilege in this nation that is not enjoyed by all people. Black families are having much different conversations with their children about how to interact with the police than white families."
Tysse also said it's time to acknowledge that white privilege exists, so Americans can have better conversations about race.