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Corinth School Board Member Expresses Support for Controversial Nike Ad

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

A member of the Corinth School Board on Wednesday morning showed public support for a controversial Nike advertisement featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Markenna Asberry Edgeston said she supports the Kaepernick-led protests, which involve NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.

Kaepernick’s National Anthem protests have been divisive throughout the nation.

Edgeston released a statement on her personal Facebook page Wednesday morning, expressing her support for Nike and Kaepernick.

Many people oppose the protests, saying that kneeling during the National Anthem insults veterans who have been injured or killed fighting for the country’s freedoms. The protests have also been described as unpatriotic and anti-American.

But Edgeston said that is not what the protests are about. She said Kaepernick is fighting for racial equality.

Some people have vowed to boycott Nike and burn their Nike products after the controversial ad was released. The ad features a picture of Kaepernick’s face with the statement, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Edgeston and many others who support the protests say the freedom to express opinions is what being a U.S. citizen is all about.

President Donald Trump has been a leading opponent of the Kaepernick protests.

Trump on Wednesday morning tweeted, “Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!”

As long as the protests are peaceful, Edgeston said she has no problem with them. “I love everyone,” she said, adding that society must deal with the issues that affect humanity.

Edgeston said she is not making her comments in her capacity as a school board member, but as an individual. She said she is “pro-education.”

Below is a screenshot of Edgeston’s Facebook post:

A screenshot of Edgeston’s Facebook post.

3 Comments

  1. Lew Talbert Lew Talbert September 5, 2018

    Public comments of this nature by a person in a Public Position are unfortunate as many will assume that this is the official position of the organization or group that they represent.

  2. Barbara Lindsey Dial Barbara Lindsey Dial September 5, 2018

    What is the endorsement of Kaepernick teaching the students? Just because we have the right to do “something” does not mean we should. To me Kaepernick represents a self indulgent life style.

    Please read “HAVE WE NO RIGHT?” by Mabel Williamson.

  3. Jay Anthony Jay Anthony September 5, 2018

    I think this lady has every right to post as she pleases on her own FB page,as long as it wasn’t done during school hours.It’s her personal choice. Even tho i disagree with it,i will defend her right to do it,even as i would defend team owners,AND school officials to punish someone for posting this belief DURING school ( working ) hours.An employer has every right to deny these protests and comments during the time they are at work.period.OR,done on a school computer.if a teachers personal beliefs no matter what they are,cross over into the classroom,this must not be allowed.They are there to teach children,not indoctrinate or control them in their thoughts,as SOME college professors try to do.Same as on the football playing field.The players,who make millions in salary,are bound by owners rules while AT THE WORKPLACE.SOME protest the flag and what it stands for……it also stands for the country which allows these idiots to play a game and get paid outrageous amounts of money plus advertising perks,insurance,and retirement.

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