In an attempt to make a statement on “brutal” treatment of African-Americans Shemar Cooper, 15, refused to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance during his Spanish class at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois. When the teacher reminded him that he has to stand up when pledging to this great country, he retorted “America sucks.”
Shemar’s mother, Kelly Porter, completely supported her child’s decision to sit down for the pledge but did apologize for the language he used.
Cooper continued to be a nuisance in his Spanish class when once again he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance again. This time the teacher took action by physically pulling him out of his seat to respect our country the proper way.
In retaliation, the teen’s mom has reported the incident to Blue Island Police and threatened to press charges. Porter says she is proud of her son for making a statement against oppression and police violence and claims she and her son had no idea about the controversy in NFL about similar actions taken by the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco. He refused to stand for the national anthem at a game around the same time of this incident. Right.
“America doesn’t respect blacks,” Shemar told WGN. “Until they stop killing us, I’m not going to stand up.”
Porter added, “We don’t hate America. It’s the behaviors that are put out from some of the people towards black people that we disapprove of.”
America Now reports:
The principal of Eisenhower High School released a statement in response to the incident, saying “Eisenhower High School takes any allegations of violations of students rights seriously. We respect students’ First Amendment right to not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.”
Porter says she thinks the teacher should be suspended for her actions. According to the principal, school officials are looking into the incident, reports WBBM.