Anthem protest

Sailor says Navy punished her for not standing for ‘Star Spangled Banner’

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Janaye Ervin (Facebook).

A U.S. Navy reservist said in a Facebook post that she’s been punished by the military branch for declining to stand for a playing of the national anthem. Janaye Ervin, of Los Angeles, appears to have taken her cue from San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last month began refusing to stand for the national anthem, which is played right before each NFL game begins. Kaepernick instead crouches down on one knee as the song is played, a gesture that’s been imitated by other NFL players and some in high school and college, along with athletes in other sports. Ervin explained in her Facebook post that on September 19, “while in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about ‘land of the free’ when, I know that only applies to some Americans.” Ervin said in the post that she was punished by Navy officials and that the “equipment I need to do my Naval job” was taken away. It’s unclear what punishment she’s facing from the military, but some reports indicated she may have been threatened with jail time. Read her full Facebook post below.

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