In a show of solidarity to Kaepernick and to protest Police brutality against African Americans, a New York Councilman sits through the Pledge of Allegiance at City Hall.
Councilman Jumaane Williams claims he hasn’t said the Pledge since he was a boy, but that doesn’t mean he hates his country or make him any less patriotic.
Republicans are appalled at these displays of disrespect that are happening all over America, calling them “inappropriate” and saying “Why they feel the need to disrespect our country this way is beyond me,” Ulrich said in the City Hall rotunda. The pledge embodies “everything good that America represents, so I don’t know why he would choose to sit down. That’s his right to, I suppose.”
What do you think, is it his right? Be sure to leave your comments.
The DC had this to say:
A New York City councilman sat down during the Pledge of Allegiance at City Hall Wednesday to protest police brutality, Newsday reports.
Councilman Jumaane Williams, a Democrat, said he is supporting San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is kneeling during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Other black athletes have done the same.
“I’m no less American right now than I was the day I was born in this country that I love very much, and I’m no less patriotic,” Williams said. “I reject all of those notions that somehow the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance are connected to the sole definition of patriotism.”
The rest of the council stood during the pledge, but Williams remained seated with a bowed head. Williams has not recited the pledge since he was a schoolboy, Newsday reports.