Anderson posted an image Monday showing herself and her co-star kneeling, arm in arm, on the set of the Fox series with a simple caption: #TheXFiles #TakeAKnee.
This style of protest was spearheaded by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick last year as a way to protest systemic racism in America.
“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 told NFL.com in August 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
President Donald Trump has encouraged the NFL to “fire or suspend” athletes who participate in the movement. Doubling down on his criticisms, Trump called athletes who choose to kneel during the “Star Spangled Banner” “sons of bitches” in a Friday speech. Tuesday morning, he broached the subject once again over Twitter, suggesting the league ban kneeling.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell dismissed Trump’s comments over the weekend, saying they show “a lack of respect” for the league.
Meanwhile, athletes have responded to Trump’s fits of rage by sharing defiant words of support and by kneeling en masse.
Over the weekend, scores of NFL players took a knee and linked arms during the national anthem at games between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, and others. Some teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, skipped the anthem entirely by staying in their locker rooms. NFL team owners, too, have largely defended their players’ right to protest, although they…