Hillary Clinton has taken to Twitter to express her support for an eleven-year-old Baltimore girl who took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance.
According to CBS News, middle school student Mariana Taylor was inspired by former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and began kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance last February. The move drew criticism from Taylor’s teacher, who demanded she stand for the Pledge.
“Mariana became upset right there and then. She was allowed to leave the classroom upset, the teacher did not suggest any kind of support that she go to the guidance counselor. It wasn’t until her second teacher could not calm her down that she was supportive of Mariana,” Mariana’s mother told CBS Baltimore.
Since then Mariana’s actions have drawn attention from the ACLU and Hillary Clinton, who tweeted her support of Mariana’s protests.
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
“It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana,” Clinton wrote on Twitter.