JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Democratic state senator from St. Louis is refusing to stand while her colleagues recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the Missouri Capitol.
Sen. Jamilah Nasheed says she sat while others said the pledge at the start of Wednesday’s short session as a form of protest.
She says she acted in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the national anthem all season in protest of police brutality and racial oppression in the United States.
Nasheed says she wants to call attention to those issues and isn’t “anti-America.” Nasheed’s protest was met with silence in the chamber, unlike Kaepernick, who has been booed for kneeling during the anthem.
But Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says the pledge is an opportunity for unity.