SOLIDARITY: The Kaepernick Effect Hits Red State As Dem Senator Sits Out Pledge (VIDEO)
The Revolution Colin Kaepernick Started Moves Into New Territory As Dem State Senator Takes Sitting Stand
The Colin Kaepernick effect is being seen outside of the sports world and has now entered into a place of power.
Fox News reports that as the rest of her colleagues in the Missouri Legislature rose to say the Pledge of Allegiance, St. Louis Democratic State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed remained seated in solidarity with what seems to be a growing movement.
Nasheed released a statement on her website explaining why she was taking a solid stand by sitting still.
“I decided to not stand for the pledge of allegiance today to stand in solidarity with the cause of injustice that Colin Kaepernick has shined a bright light upon. I am not anti-America, and in fact, it is because I love this country that I take this stand.”
The Senator then provided a fairly comprehensive list of what she is protesting against – and for.
“The injustice of police brutality – the refusal to mandate police body cameras;
The injustice of poverty – the underfunding of our public schools;
The injustice of voter suppression – passing Voter ID laws;
The injustice of not having health care – not expanding Medicaid;
The injustice of unlivable wages – refusing to raise minimum wage and the right-to-work attack on labor;
The injustice of unequal pay for women;
The injustice of mass incarceration; and
The injustice of economic disparity.”
— ESSENCE (@Essence) September 16, 2016
There was an expression of displeasure from at least one member in the house – Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. He released his own statement in response to State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed’s protest.
“My reaction to Sen. Nasheed’s demonstration is not one of indignation or anger. Instead, it’s an occasion for great sorrow. The Pledge of Allegiance, like the National Anthem, is an occasion for all Americans to stand together in national unity. There is no question of the senator’s right to remain seated during the Pledge, but it’s a question of the propriety of her action. I worry about the example she is setting, particularly for our young people…’”
Sen. Jamilah Nasheed has been at the forefront of fighting for equality and justice in her state, especially for African-Americans, and was even arrested during the Ferguson protests.
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