The San Francisco school board’s new president broke with protocol Tuesday night by deciding to skip the Pledge of Allegiance before a meeting, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
In its place, Steven Cook recited a quote from the poet Maya Angelou: “When you learn, teach. When you get, give,” FOX NEWS reports.
“I chose not to enforce the pledge because of my disappointment with the political climate. The Trump administration has been attacking our liberties.
If you ask 10 Americans who wrote it, or when it was implemented, or why it is how we start our meetings, a lot of us would be hard pressed to answer. There are a lot of ways to express gratitude and appreciation for the country and its citizens. This is how I plan to do that.
Instead of the Pledge of Allegiance, I plan to select quotes or the writings of a range of inspirational Americans, including writer Toni Morrison, gay rights icon Harvey Milk and novelist James Baldwin.
I’m not doing it as a way to seek attention, I really think that these people are a great testament to our values and who we should aspire to be as Americans.”~ Steven Cook
San Francisco’s latest school board president has decided to skip the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings. (LinkedIn)
According to the SF Gazette, School board member Rachel Norton said she initially didn’t notice that Cook didn’t call for the pledge and later asked the new president if he forgot.
When she realized it was purposeful, she was impressed.
“It feels respectful and it feels thoughtful,” she said. “Maya Angelou is an alumnus of (San Francisco’s) Washington High School, so who better to start a new tradition?”
By reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, every American promises to be true to the United States of America. The freedom available will not be taken for granted and each American will remember the countless men, women and children who have given their lives through the centuries, so that they can live peacefully today.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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