As the Missouri state Senate convened Wednesday, state senators stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance — all but one.
Refusing to stand was State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (pictured above being arrested in Ferguson, Missouri), a St. Louis Democrat (shocking, we know), who sat in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has repeatedly refused to stand during the national anthem played before NFL games.
“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,” Nasheed blathered, according to The Blaze.
“I am doing so not because of past transgressions by America, but to call attention to current injustices here in this state and country,” Nasheed added. She helpfully listed those “injustices”:
• 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.
“The pledge of allegiance and the national anthem stand not just for what America is, but for what it should be. ‘Liberty and justice for all’ are not just words — they are our country’s ideals. We must commit ourselves to honoring those principles not just by speech, but also through our actions,” Nasheed also said. “This is why I, as a matter of conscience, chose not to stand today.”
Now we know. Bravo, very courageous. Now if you want to actually do something about all that oppression, encourage your black constituents to get off the Democrat plantation and vote Republican. Now that would be courageous.