Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri state senator has refused to stand while her colleagues recited the Pledge of Allegiance in the state Capitol.

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, says her silent protest Wednesday on the Senate floor was intended to show solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has kneeled for the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial oppression. Nasheed, who is black, says she wants to call attention to those issues and isn’t “anti-America.” Nasheed’s protest was met with silence in the chamber.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a former GOP candidate for governor who presided over the Senate Wednesday, released a statement calling Nasheed’s protest an “occasion for great sorrow.” He said he worried about “the example she is setting, particularly for our young people.”

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Comments (2)
  1. Jonathan Doe says:

    Government officials acting out against the country should resign, That footbal bench jockey along with anyone else following him are the reason this country has problems like that to begin with, First, they are not advancing their cause one bit by disrespecting the country and those who have died to preserve our freedom.

    Sitting down during the pledge only shows absolute laziness and cowardliness. You want to advance a cause, start an active foundation and help introduce new legislation to fix it. Petition for new laws. Work with the community. If you have a problem with law enforcement, work with them and show them that you care about them as well. You are either part of the solution or you are the problem. Right now, the people opposing the pledge are definitely the problem. They can make all of the excuses they want.

  2. Mike Franks says:

    The best thing about Sen. Jamilah Nasheed is she will not be able to serve in the Missouri House or Senate because of term limits… By By to the raciest.

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