A Black Boy Calls Out Racist History of Pledge of Allegiance and Gets Arrested

The over-policing of Black bodies came to a head in a Florida elementary school this month

On February 4th in a Florida classroom, 11-year-old Black boy refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance telling his substitute teacher Ana Alvarez that 'the flag is racist' and the pledge 'offensive to Black people' according to Newsweek. Unaware that Florida law protects students' rights not to stand for the pledge, Alvarez escalated the situation suggesting that the student go back to Africa before sending him to the office. The incident continued to escalate to the point that a school resource officer arrested the boy and Lakeland Police charged him with "Disrupting a School Function and Resisting Officer Without Violence.

The ACLU called the arrest 'outrageous' and Color of Change is demanding all charges be dropped. 

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