Minnesota Teacher Of The Year Kneels During NCAA Title Game National Anthem

Tom Gantert

Minnesota teacher of the year took a knee during the NCAA title game's National Anthem

New Orleans, LA – The 2019 teacher of the year in Minnesota took a knee in protest during the National Anthem before the NCAA championship football game between LSU and Clemson.

Kelly Holstine decided to kneel while being honored with other teachers before the game started, according to Fox News.

The kneeling protests were started by former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick in August of 2016.

No NFL team has signed the former professional football player since he quit the San Francisco 49ers after kneeling on the field for the National Anthem during the 2016-2017 season.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said at the time.

However, Holstine said she took a knee to support those she claims are oppressed by President Donald Trump’s administration.

"I just decided that it felt like the right thing to do, to have a very respectful protest," Holstine said Jan. 15, according to The Hill.

"I think the current environment that is being created and has been created in his tenure definitely adds to my feelings of wanting to support individuals who are not being supported," she said, according to The Hill. "I really feel like our country is not serving the needs of all its inhabitants ... so many humans right now that are not being given the respect and the rights that they deserve."

Holstine said she learned that President Trump would also be on the field before she made the decision to kneel. She said the teachers being honored were told they could place their hand on their heart or not during the playing of the National Anthem.

“It’s really Martin Luther King Jr. says it best: ‘Nobody's free until we're all free,'” she said.

Holstine, who had said she is a “gender non-conforming lesbian” has made news previously. In April of 2019, she boycotted a White House ceremony honoring the country’s top teachers and said that President Trump and his administration hate immigrant, refugee and LGBTQ students, according to Southwest News Media.

Comments (107)
shooter
shooter

<<sigh>>

Everyone's a freakin' activist these days...

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jarhead24
jarhead24

The picture says it all!
Disgusting!!!!

Mama1959
Mama1959

"Gender non conforming lesbian" .....
The term lesbian, in itself, determines gender. I think. I'm so confused.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

"She" should have been immediately led off the field and stripped of her award. Liberals do not belong in the education system!

sonnyboy1
sonnyboy1

Who in the world is being oppressed by President Donald Trump’s administration? I can't think of any person, race, religion or gender that's being oppressed. Way too many teachers today are so stupid when it comes to thinking straight.

ikaika
ikaika

And Pocahontas is right there with her, loving all of it. They just can't insult our country enough.

John Q Citizen
John Q Citizen

"I think the current environment that is being created and has been created in his tenure definitely adds to my feelings of wanting to support individuals who are not being supported," she said, according to The Hill. "I really feel like our country is not serving the needs of all its inhabitants ... - There you go folks, it's all about feelings, not facts.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

As soon as I saw the picture, I knew where the story would go. It’s no wonder our kids are all f—-d up little snowflakes now. With horrible teachers, like “it” brainwashing them, they don’t have a chance. The teacher’s unions are a huge part of why our kids are getting screwed educationally. “It” is a prime example.

It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does it every time it’s told else it gets the jose again.

DR226
DR226

I wouldn't allow my children to be educated by that thing. Kids will question what she is, man or beast...

Gramercy
Gramercy

Who IS this person? Unusual way to accept an award. What exactly does she teach?
If parents/admin are afraid of clothing looks, hair color, and nasal rings causing students to lose studies' concentration..what does the appearance of this teacher suggest to the commitment of learning by the youth?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#freedomofexpression

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

She is a teacher. She does not respect our flag. She should not be teaching our children. Flip this scenario and a teacher taught kids about shooting as they used to in school with rifle teams, and this teacher had conservative opinions. As she said, we are not free unless we are all free. Live up to what you copy from others, or please just shut up. This is the best they have for teacher of the year? I truly feel sorry for the mental abuse and bullying our American students must endure. Khrushchev must be laughing in his grave, with his shoe in hand. Most of the Millenials have no idea what I just said, exactly the point of how our children are being brainwashed like in Russia.

Jones24
Jones24

Negative attention is still attention. She wanted her 15 minutes.

LAW169
LAW169

That teacher of the year contestant must have been chosen BY the DNC. SHE is all messed up - free expression or not. Thanks zzburgers.

fell
fell

gender non-conforming lesbian: says it all; the description makes me want to throw up.

Esdapup
Esdapup

Well there goes her career chances anywhere in the US. Her employer will find a way to get rid of her and with that stunt she pulled she won’t be employable in any school district.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Look at the bright side. She will not pass on her genes.

Lochemet
Lochemet

For her kind of behavior and convictions she is a "teacher of the year"? This is the role model they are showcasing?? She is "teacher of the year" in name only...

overwatcher
overwatcher

From the great Paul Harvey's "If I were the Devil" speech. "Soon, I would evict God from the courthouse and the schoolhouse and then from the houses of Congress".

overwatcher
overwatcher

This "Thing" is yet another example of what is happening in "New Sodom", the country once called America.

Lochemet
Lochemet

I wonder if that woman is Warren's sister - they kind of look alike...

VicG
VicG

Nothing to see here, move on...

Jngbrooks
Jngbrooks

This type of person is teaching our kids and is typical across the country. One of the many reasons our country is going down the toilet.

Stanracer
Stanracer

It should be fired.

Raymelson
Raymelson

No way I would ever allow my children to be in the same room with someone like her she is a disgrace to America an should be terminated asap

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Me me me me me me me.

This woman is not a teacher. She is a political activist and indoctrinator of youth.

After winning MN Teacher of the Year, she resigned and accepted a job as Director of Educational Equity for OutFront Minnesota.

CalamityJane
CalamityJane

If you’re gonna take a knee, you might as well take them both. Get right down there, and take a good look around. See if you can find a shred of intelligence, a pinch of self-respect, or perhaps a shadow of community mindedness. While you’re down there take a good look around at whose down there with you. A bunch of washed up attention whores that had a chance to make a difference, but could only yell, “Hey, look at me!”. We looked. We’re not impressed. You wasted our time. You’ve brought shame and embarrassment to those who have fought against oppression, and paved the way for you to crawl around on your knees making a spectacle of yourself.

61mouse
61mouse

Why give the DIKE the attention ???

Dezertgem
Dezertgem

Oh for God's sake...the blacks are not oppressed...stop this nonsense!

Scattered
Scattered

Wtf is that? Its teaching our kids? What is it teaching them? To be disrespectful and hate our country and President? If I had kids they would be homeschooled and I didnt agree with this in the past but I sure as hell do now.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Figures!!!!! What IS IT?????

NickyJ
NickyJ

Somebody in the stands should have kicked her in the ass an watch her roll down the steps

PjCali
PjCali

This is a teacher of the year. I would not want her teaching my kids. She obviously does not respect this country. Pack your bags and leave....

Marxest
Marxest

That disgusting white "nationalist" Anthem needs to go. It's a relic of the past that needs to be buried. We are getting there, little by little.

FlaUSA
FlaUSA

Look at this guy He's rocking that Walmart vest for sure

bmh
bmh

She should have been escorted off the field if she blatantly wanted to disrespect the flag. She was given an option to hold her hand over her heart or not. This was not the place for her pettiness. Also, she needs to do her own homework to get her facts straight before accusing others of unfounded opinions.

Globlue
Globlue

Just validates the old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover". 😂

Janken
Janken

What the heck. Is it a he or she. All I can say it isnt very smart

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Look, an a$$ with his arm around a bigger a$$!

Tomted
Tomted

Minnesota is becoming as bad as California. Hope she ends up like Krapperdick. No job, not relevant and hated by most.

rhj10077
rhj10077

This teacher does not need to be a teacher if she can not set a good example for students. Or let her be like Colin Killpatrick and not work at all.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Some irrelevant individual in the public light, choosing in my opinion to disrespect the flag, seeking their 15 minutes of fame.
No matter how much I oppose this display of disrespect, I have to support it . Not a popular position, but as someone who took the oath to uphold the constitution, one I must nonetheless. If you truly support the constitution, it must be all of it . You can’t hand pick the parts that you like. All of it . Freedom of speech and expression. To the day I die I will believe it is disrespectful, that there’s a better place and time for it to be done. But it is what it is.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Whatever... don't know, don't really care.

XSV4RCE76$
XSV4RCE76$

This dude needs to be suspended at least for spewing this crap! Smh

Marine.001
Marine.001

I hate to say it. She probably got her award because she is a non-conforming lesbian. It’s like Obama, he had no recollection of what to do as a president, but I know people who said they voted for him because he’s black. Now you got the male gay mayor who is running for president and you had the same morons going oh I’m gonna vote for him because he’sGay. Even Annoying Latin girl congresswoman (I don’t even say her name because she’s not worth it) Got voted in because she’s pretty. No knowledge of what a congressman does. People stop voting for these morons, school ministration I guarantee you there are better teachers than that woman, I think she’s a woman

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Soooooo, who's the Dude in the photo???

Guzman4life
Guzman4life

They were going to play cowboy and indian...

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

And this just solidifies another reason WE DON'T WANT WARREN AS PRESIDENT!!!!!!! Gawd, these people are sick!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Another excellent reason for home schooling and charter schools

Can’t fix stupid

Let’s see the facts behind your rhetoric!!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

This thing has the ability to protest in our country, she protests against oppression yet in many countries she would be hung in a public square....fuck off


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