UPDATE: Racist backlash doesn’t stop CCA student from kneeling during anthem

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TIFFIN, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- *Note: This article contains foul language some readers may find offensive.

Darius Moore (above) playing football in his #2 jersey.

It's been a week, and just like he said he would, a Clear Creek-Amana high school football player took a knee during the national anthem, Friday night. That's despite facing racist backlash on social media for kneeling during a previous game.

On Snapchat, seven days prior, Darius Moore, a CCA receiver, was circled in red, called the N-word, and told he should be kicked off the team. Moore’s story made local, state even national headlines, showing up on USA Today's webpage.

The racist attack on social media was exactly the kind of thing Moore said he's fighting against. Which is why-- before last night's game against Davenport-Assumption, the senior, undeterred by the post, took a knee again during the national anthem.

"The comment, really just let people know,” said Moore. “It was kind of an eye opener to everybody that this stuff really does happen."

Moore spoke to TV9 about the attention he's gotten recently while coming back from a college visit in Missouri.

"I didn't know it was going to go that viral, obviously,” said Moore. “I think it's a good thing that people know what's going on now...That's why I plan on doing it again."

High schoolers across the state have started joining him in their own protests. Friday night, 13 members of the Ames High School marching band wanted to highlight inequality. Amidst cursing from some in the crowd, they walked off the field during a performance of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Fellow band mates said the decision to protest divided the group.

"There was a protest against social injustices and stuff,” said Katie Moore (no relation), an Ames High junior. “Some were going to kneel during the National Anthem it kind of split the school into two groups of people. Those who were kneeling, who thought it was terrible if you didn't kneel. And then the people who didn't kneel and thought it was very disrespectful for the nation to kneel."

Moore said he'll likely keep kneeling during games for the foreseeable future, regardless of the names he's called for doing so.

"Just standing for what is right,” said Moore. “It’s why I'm doing all of this."
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"For these words to be used towards our son, a young man who is attempting to do what he feels is right and how America is supposed to be, shows how far we have regressed."

Darryl Moore of Tiffin wrote that on Facebook Friday evening after someone used the social media application Snapchat to disparage his son, a Clear Creek-Amana receiver named Darius Moore, for kneeling during the National Anthem a week prior.

The Snapchat post was brought to the attention of Darryl following CCA's game against Marion. In it, someone that evening had taken a picture of Darius, who is black and Native American, and circled him in red. Below, this message: "kick this f***ing n***er off the football team like honestly who the f*** kneels for the national anthem."

(An image of the Snapchat post can be found under the "Related Documents" section of this article)

Darryl said his son had taken a knee during the anthem before a game at West Deleware, last Friday. He wasn't visible, as the team was behind the field during the ceremony. Darius was planning on kneeling again during Friday's game against Marion but didn't get the chance. The anthem was only played during the freshman skirmish.

"All we can do is pray that people open their minds and understand that we don't all have to agree to show basic respect to one another," said Darryl Moore in his Facebook post. "Taking a knee is not meant to offend anyone who has served for our country, as we have multiple family members who have served in the past and who are currently overseas fighting for our privilege of freedom today."

Darryl Moore went on to say that the person who made the post had been identified and that the school district had been made aware.

Darius Moore said he felt reaffirmed in his protest when he found out what happened.

"My first reaction was like wow I guess it really impacted somebody and secondly I though instantly this is why I am kneeling because of people like this," Darius Moore said.

The CCA district said in a statement Saturday that it supports "the free exchange of ideas embodied by the First Amendment." The District said it would not interfere with a student’s right of expression "by peacefully kneeling or sitting during the traditional standing for the National Anthem."

"Our schools pride themselves on providing a respectful learning environment for every student," said Laurie Haman, the district's communications director in the statement. "It is District policy and practice that students will not be discriminated against in the education program, and that harassment or bullying of students will not be tolerated. Any conduct which violates these policies will be handled by school officials in accordance with law."

In the fewer than 24 hours, Darryl Moore's original post had been shared hundreds of times and captured the attention of national columnists and NFL players.

Mark Ingram, a running back for the New Orleans Saints and Heisman Trophy winner, tweeted about the incident Friday night.


"We must progress to equality," Darryl Moore said in his post, "and these hateful words should never, ever be tolerated."

Darryl said he hopes his son's story is staring a conversation about race in America.

"I think we need to talk about it because if we're not educating our kids somebody is," Darryl Moore said.