A Navy sailor has joined the protest started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick, by taking a seat on a bench as the National Anthem played on her Florida military base. Click inside to watch the video.
In a Facebook live stream, an unidentified female Navy sailor who is stationed at a base in Pensacola, Florida demonstrated her right to protest by sitting down as the National Anthem played. The sailor documented the entire thing from start to finish, and repeatedly shared that she was “scared” to be sitting down while her peers stopped moving and saluted the nearest flag on their base.
“I am sitting down. My butt is on the chair. I’m really scared, y’all. I’m really scared, I’m not gonna lie,” the sailor tells the camera, disobeying the Navy’s requirements that all service members should stand and face the flag whether or not they are in proper uniform. “I’m nervous. It’s gonna go off any second. My heart is thumping out of my chest right now, this is f–king crazy. If the wrong person sees me I could get in a lot of trouble for this.”
The video quickly went viral and was re-posted on another Facebook page, US Army Military Police WTF Moments, where other military members shared their unified outrage. Now that the video has garnered so much attention, the Navy has released a statement claiming that they have identified the sailor and plan to take “administrative action” as necessary, reports CNN.
Although she waited until after to explain why, the sailor spent the second half of the video ranting about why she felt the need to join Colin in protest. “People always want to say, you know, ‘men and women have died for this flag,’” she says as she walks away. “No, correction, men and women have died for my right and Colin Kaepernick’s right, to determine whether or not we want to stand or sit and that’s the thing people really don’t understand.”
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