You might remember this State Senator, as she was the one that was Arrested in Ferguson Carrying a weapon and DRUNK.
A State Senator from Missouri decided that she wasn’t going to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the Senate session beginning, and you almost have to hear why to believe it.
State Sen. Jamila Nasheed, a Democrat from St. Louis, refused to stand as the Senate recited the Pledge of Allegiance on Wednesday before starting its session, and she has some pretty outrageous reasoning for it. Nasheed claims that her unpatriotic display was to show solidarity with NFL benchwarmer Colin Kaepernick, who refuses to stand for our National Anthem, and she has an absurd list of reasons for doing it.
“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,” she said in a statement, according to KRCG-TV.
Nasheed claims that her protest isn’t for “past transgressions by America,” but instead for “current injustices” she alleges are happening. Of course, she included a list.
- 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.
According to Nasheed, the Pledge and Anthem do not just stand for what our country is, but “for what it should be.”
“‘Liberty and justice for all’ are not just words – they are our country’s ideals,” she said. “We must commit ourselves to honoring those principles not just by speech, but also through our actions.”
“This is why I, as a matter of conscience, chose not to stand today,” Nasheed added.
Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, Republican Peter Kinder, decried Nasheed’s actions as an “occasion for great sorrow” because he believes she’s pushing a divisive message rather than one of unity, which both patriotic honors are supposed to represent.
“The Pledge of Allegiance, like the National Anthem, is an occasion for all Americans to stand together in national unity,” said Kinder. “There is no question of the senator’s right to remain seated during the Pledge, but it’s a question of the propriety of her action.”