A U.S. Navy sailor has sparked a social media controversy after refusing to stand during the national anthem.
Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, a reservist stationed at Pearl Harbor, posted on Facebook about why she’s following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick and others who have demonstrated against police brutality during the anthem.
“I feel like a hypocrite singing about the ‘land of the free’ when I know that only applies to some Americans. “I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom,” the U.S. Navy sailor wrote.
Ervin says she lost her security clearance and was threatened with jail by the Navy in response to her actions. Although the Navy officials made it clear that she would not be separated from the service for her actions.
According to Navy’s rules, troops who don’t stand for the national anthem could face prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for violating Article 92, which states that troops can be punished for failing to obey a lawful general order.
But Ervin complained that the Navy was “punishing her for defending the Constitution.”
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