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: