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CNN The unexpected connection between slavery, NFL protests and the national anthem By AJ Willingham, CNN Updated 1:07 PM ET, Tue August 22, 2017 A group of Cleveland Browns players kneel in a circle in protest during the national anthem prior to a preseason game against the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Story highlights For the first time, white NFL players are participating in anthem demonstrations popularized by Colin Kaepernick last year The anthem itself has an unexpected connection to slavery This piece was originally published on August 29, 2016. It has been updated to reflect this week's news developments. (CNN) Before Monday's preseason game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants, the ongoing series of national anthem demonstrations by NFL players broke a barrier. For the first recorded time, a white player took a knee. As the anthem sounded, several Browns players knelt in what they later said was prayer . Among them was Seth DeValve, who is white and whose wife is African-American. 1
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"I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee," he said in a post-game interview. "We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there's things in this country that still need to change." These peaceful demonstrations, which were popularized last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have roared back into the conversation as the NFL season ramps up and the nation continues to process the racially-fueled clashes that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month. During the 2016 NFL preseason, Kaepernick said he was compelled to kneel in part because of a spate
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