Colin Kaepernick’s protest isn’t just spreading around the NFL. A Missouri state senator joined his cause by sitting while her colleagues recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and said she did it to show support for Kaepernick.
Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, refused to stand while her colleagues recited the Pledge of Allegiance in the state capitol in Jefferson.
She says her silent protest Wednesday on the Senate floor was intended to show solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick has knelt 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.” Her 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.”
By preseason game three, people started to notice that Kaepernick was sitting through the national anthem; when asked about it, Kaepernick openly said that he was protesting police brutality.
Preseason game four came and Kaepernick continued by kneeling on “Salute to the Military” night in San Diego. That time, he was joined by teammate Eric Reid.
Since then, numerous demonstrations have popped up across the NFL.
Miami Dolphins players were seen taking knees; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised a fist; the Seattle Seahawks linked arms; Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee; Titans players Jurrell Casey, Jason McCourty and Wesley Woodyard raised fists; and Patriots players Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty did the same.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.