A ten-year-old Cub Scout, Liam Holmes , kneeled during the Pledge of Allegiance to protest against racism at the Durhan City Council meeting in North Carolina on Feb. 4.
The city council had invited Cub Scout Pack 451 to lead the pledge. Liam explained his actions to WNCN:
What I did was took a knee against racial discrimination, which is basically when people are mean to other people of different colors.
His dad, Scott Holmes, was surprised by his son:
When he did it I was really surprised and also really proud of him.
Liam recalled Mayor Steve Schewel thanked him:
No one saw it except the people that were watching. And the mayor noticed and he thanked me.
However, Brandon LaRoque, a life long scout and veteran, was outraged that Liam protested racism:
It just blew my mind that this was Cub Scouts and politics. Part of the scout oath is to God and your country, and I understand people have the right to freedom of speech. I just don’t understand why it has to be during the Pledge of Allegiance.