Hillary Clinton on Wednesday tweeted support for a Baltimore, Maryland 11-year-old who has been taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance.
“It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” Clinton wrote.
It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana. https://t.co/vnGheuWyJ0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 15, 2018
Mariana Taylor’s troubles have drawn the attention of a bevy of supporters, critics, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, notes the Washington Post.
According to the Post, a letter from the ACLU states that Taylor recalls being admonished by her teacher and leaving the classroom in tears. In the months since, the organization has been working for the establishment of clearer school rules.
Notably, people’s right to engage in peaceful protests as they pertain to speaking out against racial injustice and police brutality has been a point of contention for students and NFL players alike.
Leading the anti-demonstration movement in regard to the NFL is President Trump.
Following the launch of the 2018 NFL preseason, Trump tweeted, “The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem.”
“Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to define,” the president further noted.
He went on to demand that players “stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!”