As an educator this is not a good thing to teach kids.
As a Politician, she should not hold such convictions. Since she does, then she is acting in dissent. She can make her point without mocking the VERY COUNTRY to which her parents CHOSE to come. If it makes her so unhappy to be here, then why is she a supervisor? Why is she here?
If she can’t pledge her allegiance, then how does she swear to uphold the duties of her office?
And WHAT on earth was she teaching our kids?
SF Supervisor Criticized For Refusing To Recite Pledge Of Allegiance
Posted: 8:12 pm PST February 1, 2011Updated: 10:41 pm PST February 1, 2011
District Six Supervisor Jane Kim said she has been surprised by the criticism since she came to city hall as a supervisor.
While Kim rises with her fellow supervisors for the Pledge of Allegiance at each session of the Board of Supervisors, she does not recite the pledge and hasn’t since taking office last month.
Kim said it’s a personal decision of how to honor the flag and country.
“I don’t think our flag represents a nation where there’s liberty and justice for all,” argued Kim. “And I reserve my right to disagree or to even protest when I think our government isn’t representing the best of our ideals or principles.”
Kim said she hasn’t recited the pledge since high school and stayed silent during her previous tenure as the Board of Education President.
Instead, Kim said she prefers to let her actions speak louder than those 31 words.
UC Hastings Law Professor Calvin Massey said no law requires elected officials to recite the pledge.
“Jane Kim is completely within her constitutional rights,” said Massey. “The cultural perception is if you’re an elected official, you’re a part of American representative democracy [and] you probably shouldn’t have a problem pledging allegiance to the United States.”
Kim’s position has incited criticism from some people who wonder why she has taken this stand.
“I think most San Franciscans care about my position on how we can make Muni more effective and how we can make our streets safer, and how we can help small businesses, than on my reasoning for not reciting the pledge,” explained Kim.
Supervisor Kim said she hopes people will understand her decision and focus more on her political service than her silence.