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8-year-olds on youth football team kneel during National Anthem

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A youth football team is getting support, and facing criticism, for kneeling during the National Anthem. 

The team is made up of eight-year-old players from Cahokia, Illinois. The coach says the kids have been asking about the demonstrations in St. Louis, after a police officer was acquitted in the death of an African-American man.

The conversation led to NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested racial inequality by kneeling during the National Anthem.

The coach says the players' parents were there when the idea was talked about during practice. The coach also says, the kids are young, but have a good understanding of what's happening and meant no disrespect to those who have served our country. 

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