VP of Clemson Student Body Impeached for Protesting During Pledge
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 10/27/2017, 1:54 p.m.
Apparently members of the student government aren’t well versed in the law when it comes to protesting the Pledge of Allegiance. As pointed in last week’s Our Weekly, way back some 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools and public institutions can not suspend or punish students that refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem. However, at Clemson University, it’s being reported by several news outlets, that student senate has voted to impeach its vice president, who is Black after he refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Jaren Stewart sat through it, along with several other students as a protest to racial inequality in the U.S., something that was initiated last year by former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick and spread nationwide. The vote was taken while Stewart was out of town and was unable to defend himself. The vote was 40-18. Clemson is 83 percent white and only 7 percent Black, reports The Griot.