Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, several New York City Council members proudly declared that they were “taking a knee” on the steps of City Hall in reaction to President Trump’s “profane condemnation of NFL players who do the same.”
Joining New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) were colleagues Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn), Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-Queens), Daneek Miller (D-Queens), Inez Barron (D-Brooklyn), Andy King (D-Bronx), Annabel Palma (D-Bronx), Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) and Donovan Richards (D-Queens).
Williams’ office declared that the kneel-in was “in solidarity with athletes around the country who have done so in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.”
There was a brief news conference, and some Council members remained seated during the Pledge of Allegiance in Council Chambers.
Williams said in a press statement, “President Trump has ignored the very issues that players are protesting, instead attacking the athletes. This action will shine a spotlight on the issues of racial justice for which players around the country take a knee. The president has also chosen to attack NFL players rather than focus on real, pressing matters such as the aftermath of natural disasters in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, neglecting these Americans and instead attacking others. They cannot be disregarded.”