Black Lawmaker Condemns Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest

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Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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WASHINGTON — Georgia Democratic Rep. David Scott, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is “absolutely” disgusted by the protests of the Star Spangled Banner by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick and other NFL players.

“It’s our values. There are just certain things you don’t do. One of them is you don’t dishonor America. This is our country. It is our flag. It is our national anthem,the soldiers, black and white, have died for. You don’t disrespect that,” Scott told the Daily Caller Friday.

However, Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay, another member of the Congressional Black Caucus, not only supports Kaepernick’s protest of the Star Spangled Banner prior to every game, he sees no issue with military members “standing down” when called to rise for the playing of the anthem.

“I think that Kaepernick and any one else has the right to voice their opinions and to share their views — especially in Kaepernick’s case with his fan base on how he feels about the issues that started this and that is how African Americans are treated in this country. And he doesn’t approve of it and so he is within his right to voice that opposition,” Clay told The Daily Caller Friday.

And what about the military?

“They have a right too to express themselves on how they feel about a country that they are putting their lives on the line to defend and they are urging this country to change its policies,” he said. “They should have the right to stand down if they please.”

A female Navy sailor posted a video of herself this week, where she announced she claimed she was protesting racism in the national anthem by sitting through morning colors.

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