HONOLULU –A U.S. Navy sailor is under fire after refusing to stand for the national anthem.
Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, a reservist stationed at Pearl Harbor, took to Facebook to explain why she is following the hundreds of people across the country who have protested racial injustices during the national anthem.
“I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about land of the free when, I know that only applies to some Americans”, Ervin said. “I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”
Ervin goes on to explain her actions have led the Navy to stripping her of her security clearance and threatening her with jail time, Fox News reports.
According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, troops who don’t stand for the national anthem could face prosecution for directly violating Article 92, which states troops can be punished for failing to obey any general order.