The racism the councilman experienced has no excuse and was uncalled for. No one is denying that. But when you are an elected official at a meeting that will decided the laws of the city you serve, and you don’t stand for the Pledge, there is also no excuse for that. Just sad.
This sickened me to watch the video (below) of lawmakers refusing to stand to recite the pledge of allegiance. Many of you will say what has become of this country. Too many strong-willed Americans have kept quiet too long, and it’s time to open your mouths and start taking action.
Communism has infected this country, and it needs to be rooted out and removed. It’s cancer and has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment. It’s wrapped in freedom of speech to gain traction, but it’s all about taking away the rights of Americans, that’s the end goal.
From NY Daily News:
Eight City Council members refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday, joining a protest started by City Councilman Jumaane Williams earlier this month.
Williams has received racist hate mail calling him a “f—– plantation monkey” and telling him to “drop dead” since saying he would not recite the pledge in protest of injustices including killings by police and gun violence.
Seven other politicians remained seated as the rest of the body pledged to the flag at Wednesday’s Council meeting.
“I’ll remain seated in the act of solidarity and patriotism,” said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). “I’m sorry if it’s in any way offensive to my constituents, but surely it is far less offensive than receiving vile hate mail or being worried about whether your teenage son is going to come home at night.”
Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn) said he’d sit out the pledge until the country begins a “real conversation regarding race and injustice.”
Eight NYC council members refuse to stand for the pledge pic.twitter.com/goMkIA8wYp
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