On Tuesday, the NFL protests made its way on the floor of Congress as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) kneeled in solidarity with the players after her speech in which she stated it’s impossible to deny that President Trump is a racist.
Using dichotomous verbiage, the congresswoman said she would kneel because she stands with “those young men” and the First Amendment. Jackson Lee was especially bothered by Trump’s usage of “son of a bitch” when talking about the NFL stars.
"There is no regulation that says these young men cannot stand against the dishonoring of their mothers by you calling for the firing of a son-of-a-B,” said Jackson Lee. “You tell me which of those children's mothers are a son-of-a-B. That is racism. You cannot deny it, you cannot run for it, and I kneel in honor of them.”
“We simply ask for the dignity of respect to not call our mothers a son-of-a-B. And if they kneel, as I heard a young man who is an NFL player said that he will kneel from now on! And the only reason he is doing this is because someone had the lack of judgment to provoke the situation and call their mothers a name. I refuse to accept that as a standard of leadership for the highest office in the world.
"And even if you never understand it, sir, if you never understand it; if you think you're playing to your base; if you’re not the unifier, we will continue to stand in the gap. And racism is going to be under our foot. And do you know where else it’s going to be? It’s going to be under our knee. Because we in the Congressional Black Caucus have always stood for what is right. And the First Amendment — There is no basis in the First Amendment that says you cannot kneel on the national anthem, or in front of the flag."
The drama climaxed as Jackson Lee labored down to one knee and finished her lecture:
“I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor. I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I'm going to stand against racism. I kneel because I will stand with those young men and I'll stand with our soldiers. And I'll stand with America, because I kneel."
A voice at the end reminded members to not engage in “personalities toward the president.” But we’re sure this is going to continue and the protests will spread into all facets of our lives. The offended are everywhere.