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Elijah Scott was excited. It was a chance for the 16 year old employee to wear his new Colin Kaepernick jersey. He put it on, went to work, clocked in and started bagging groceries like he normally would.When it came time for his lunch break, he says his manager asked Elijah to go home and change clothes.Mind you, many employees were wearing NFL jerseys, but only he was asked to go home and change. Elijah says he was told a customer complained to the manager and said he “wasn’t going to shop there again” if Elijah was allowed to wear the “disrespectful” jersey.KING: Anthem protesting youth football team threatened by leagueColin Kaepernick, who is a peaceful,
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dignified, reserved young man, is exercising his constitutional right to free speech. Why can’t young Elijah Scott do the same? (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)His mother, Diane Scott, immediately called to speak to the manager, but told the Daily News they doubled down saying, “It was September 11th and Elijah was on company time and would not be allowed to disrespect customers.””They should’ve stood up for their employee and just let that customer go. My son didn’t do anything wrong,
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” she told The News.Athletes standing up against social injustice during National AnthemA statement issued Friday afternoon from Kroger said, “We are aware of this situation and have apologized to Elijah and his mother. Diversity, inclusion and respect are among our company’s core values and ones we strive to live up to every day.”KING: Black children threatened for taking a knee in protestThe fact that Elijah was sent home was outrageous, but not surprising. Elijah’s treatment is similar to what many African Americans experience in this country on a daily basis.Day in and day out, conservatives rave about their constitutional rights, but when African Americans have those same rights trampled upon, they go silent and seem to not care at all. Daily,
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conservatives go on and on about their right to bear arms, but African Americans who are seen by police with a weapon, or even a shadow of a weapon, are often shot and killed on contact. It can be an open carry state where white men and women freely and openly carry huge semi automatic rifles just to show the world they can, but little boys like Tyre King and Tamir Rice, both in Ohio, are shot and killed for having BB guns.Elijah Scott posted this photo on Snapchat complaining of discrimination at his job Sunday when his manager sent him home after a customer complained about the Kaepernick jersey he sported. (Courtesy Diane Scott) Scott also posted the flier showing he “broke no rules” listed for Kroger’s football jersey day. (Courtesy Diana Scott)As Colin Kaepernick,
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who is a peaceful, dignified, reserved young man exercises his constitutional right to free speech, conservatives somehow find a way to say he’s sympathetic to ISIS for simply taking a knee against injustice in this country. As students and athletes all over this country join in by taking a knee, they receive threats and racial slurs as condemnation.With each day that passes, Kaepernick’s stand seems more and more appropriate. This country does not have “liberty and justice for all.” It is not the “land of the free.” Our pledges and anthems are as phony as a $3 bill. They weren’t written with people of color in mind and this country continues to operate, on virtually every plane,
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as a separate and unequal nation.