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Scientists and doctors join #TakeAKnee protest

Scientists, doctors and celebrities have joined the #TakeAKnee protest as the NFL demonstration continues to sweep across the country.

Sports and politics merged over the course of the last few days after President Donald publicly denounced players who kneel during the national anthem as a sign of protest. 

But that hasn't stopped activists from all walks of life joining the protest movement.   

Scientists, doctors and celebrities have joined the #TakeAKnee protest as the NFL demonstration continues to sweep across the country. Neurobiologists from Veenema Lab at Michigan State University (pictured) posted a photo of themselves kneeling in their lab coats

Scientists, doctors and celebrities have joined the #TakeAKnee protest as the NFL demonstration continues to sweep across the country. Neurobiologists from Veenema Lab at Michigan State University (pictured) posted a photo of themselves kneeling in their lab coats

Karen James said on Twitter: '#ScientistsTakeaKnee with Sierra Club volunteers to affirm that Black Live Matter' 

Karen James said on Twitter: '#ScientistsTakeaKnee with Sierra Club volunteers to affirm that Black Live Matter' 

TV producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes posted a photo along with the cast of her show Grey's Anatomy. She said: 'We took a knee in solidarity of racial justice'

TV producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes posted a photo along with the cast of her show Grey's Anatomy. She said: 'We took a knee in solidarity of racial justice'

Neurobiologists from Veenema Lab at Michigan State University posted a photo of themselves kneeling in their lab coats saying: 'We are joining #ScientistsTakeAKnee because we stand against racism and believe in equal life chances for all.'

Neuroscientist Theanne Griffith, from Columbia University in New York, added: 'Taking a knee to stand against systematic racism. And to remind those who forget science is plagued by racism, too.'

Becky Rodriguez, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, wrote online: 'We are unapologetic. #ScientistsTakeAKnee in solidarity with the Black community against police brutality.'

Lily Cohen posted a photo of her team studying snow, permafrost and long term weather patterns in Alaska. She said: '#ScientistsTakeAKnee in the Arctic in solidarity with folks who take a knee against racial injustice.' 

Sports and politics merged over the course of the last few days after President Donald Trump publicly denounced players who kneel during the national anthem as a sign of protest. Pictured, scientists from the disease ecology lab at San Francisco State University

Sports and politics merged over the course of the last few days after President Donald publicly denounced players who kneel during the national anthem as a sign of protest. Pictured, scientists from the disease ecology lab at San Francisco State University

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Eugene Gu

Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross‏ (left) joined the cause saying: 'I toggle btw outrage & fear, and I try to bridge them with action & community. I'm so honored to join in solidarity w/those who #TakeAKnee.' And Eugene Gu, MD,(right) a surgeon in Redwood City, California, said: 'I'm an Asian-American doctor and today I #TakeAKnee to fight white supremacy.'

Lily Cohen posted a photo of her team studying snow, permafrost and long term weather patterns in Alaska. She said: '#ScientistsTakeAKnee in the Arctic in solidarity with folks who take a knee against racial injustice'

Lily Cohen posted a photo of her team studying snow, permafrost and long term weather patterns in Alaska. She said: '#ScientistsTakeAKnee in the Arctic in solidarity with folks who take a knee against racial injustice'

And Eugene Gu, MD, a surgeon in Redwood City, California, said: 'I'm an Asian-American doctor and today I #TakeAKnee to fight white supremacy.' 

Meanwhile, Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross‏ joined the cause saying: 'I toggle btw outrage & fear, and I try to bridge them with action & community. I'm so honored to join in solidarity w/those who #TakeAKnee.'

TV producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes posted a photo along with the cast of her show Grey's Anatomy. She said: 'We took a knee in solidarity of racial justice.'

Other celebrities who have joined the protest movement include John Legend, Stevie Wonder and Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny on the set of the X-Files.   

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