PEARLAND, Texas – After fighting for what 10-year-old Skyla Madria said she believes in, Pearland ISD said it will allow her to kneel during the pledge of allegiance at Alexander Middle School with her mother's written permission.
Every morning Alexander Middle School students gather in the gym to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, Texas pledge and observe a moment silence.
For the past two weeks, Madria, has decided to kneel instead.
"I did not really agree with the national anthem," Madria said.
The fifth-grader along with community activist Quanell X view the anthem and the pledge in the same light. Pearland ISD does not play the national anthem as a part of its schools' morning routine.
"So when you talk about saying the pledge, it says with 'freedom and justice for all?' When in the hell is white America in this country given black folks freedom and justice for all?" Quanell X said.
Madria said she was first inspired by San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the anthem throughout the NFL preseason and the opener Monday night in protest of racial oppression.
Madria said she also has a problem with a certain section of the anthem.
"When I heard the third verse of the national anthem, I decided that's not right," Madria said.