Earlier this week, a 10-year-old cub scout joined Colin Kaepernick’s national movement of protesting racism and police brutality by taking a knee.
Ten-year-old Liam Holmes knelt during the pledge of allegiance at a city council meeting.
“What I did was took a knee against racial discrimination, which is basically when people are mean to other people of different colors,” Holmes told local outlet CBS 17.
His father Scott Holmes stated he discussed the decision with his son with his son leading up to the city council meeting but was unsure if Liam would follow through with it.
“When he did it I was really surprised and also really proud of him,” Holmes said.
“When he did it I was really surprised and also really proud of him,” Holmes said. He later tweeted about his son’s actions, saying, “Liam took a knee when his Boy Scout troop opened the City Council Meeting with the pledge of allegiance…”
“No one saw it except the people that were watching. And the mayor noticed and he thanked me,” Liam said.
“Thank you, councilman, and thank you, scouts. To the scout that expressed his conscience by kneeling, we will say we endorse and appreciate all expressions of conscience in Durham City Council,” Mayor Steve Schewel said.
It should also be noted that the father is a civil rights attorney and professor at North Carolina Central University. He stated his son took a knee for religious reasons as well as protesting against racial inequality.
The Holmes family are Quakers and taking oaths goes against the values set in the Quaker faith.