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Take a Knee? WeHo City Council Takes a Pass

Mon, Oct 02, 2017   By Staff    4 Comments

West Hollywood City Council giving the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday night.

Take a knee? The West Hollywood City Council decided instead to take a pass.

City Councilmember Lauren Meister and her colleagues stood and gave their standard Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of tonight’s City Council meeting without acknowledging Meister’s recent question on on her Facebook page about whether they should do that. (@WeHoCity Shall we #TakeAKnee on Monday night? #RightToProtest #ImWithThem #WeHo)

In her Facebook post Meister was alluding to a movement launched by Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers in August of last year. Kaepernick decided to kneel rather than stand during the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” before the start of a pre-season game to protest police brutality against African-Americans.

The West Hollywood City Council actually does not sing the Star Spangled Banner before its twice-monthly meetings. But Council members do stand and invite a local resident to lead them in the Pledge of Allegiance. Virtually all members of the audience in the City Council Chamber join them. So the question really was whether the City Council should give the Pledge of Allegiance, not sing a song it has never sung.

Meister’s post had gotten 55 responses on Facebook as of 7 p.m. tonight, with all but two positive. Nearly 500 people read a WEHOville story about Meister’s proposal, a story that attracted 30 comments from all sides of the issue.

While she didn’t “take a knee” or decline to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance at tonight’s Council meeting, Meister did speak up to say that she disagreed with those who have said it is disrespectful for people to do so.

Meister said every person should be able “to peacefully exercise your right” to express one’s self. What is disrespectful, Meister said, are President Donald Trump’s recent statements attacking NFL athletes who have decided to “take a knee” and his tweets attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz who criticized Trump for describing the devastation wrought on Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria as a “good news story.”

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4 Comments

  1. Mike KingThu, Oct 05, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Good i’am proud of the city council work before politics

  2. JJWed, Oct 04, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Everyone should be able to peacefully exercise your right to protest but NOT at work at a job you were elected to by the people and are being paid a sum to do. And you can protest whatever you want but protesting the symbol that represents all those that died so you could have the freedom to protest is an asinine thing to do…totally disrespectful and a disgrace. There is a time and a place for everything. That is never the time nor the place. This country is not perfect..never has been..we are a work in progress BUT it is still the best damn example of a free society on the planet. Be grateful you’re here…some are literally dying trying to be where you are now.

  3. Jimmy PalmieriTue, Oct 03, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t agree with Meister very often, but I did appreciate her comments. I do not say under god when I pledge, but I am happy to stand and recite the rest. No one knows but me when I am doing it (not doing it) , and I don’t make a statement about it (until now). It wasn’t until 1954, at President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s urging, that the Congress legislated that “under God” be added, making the pledge read: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. It never should have been added and I believe it has blurred the line.

  4. KarenTue, Oct 03, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    When I say the pledge, I only recite part: “I pledge allegiance to … liberty and justice for all.”

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