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Thomasville council member sits for equality and change amid national protests

Posted at 11:38 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 23:38:50-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — Sitting for the Pledge.

Monday one Thomasville council member did just that, following recent events across the nation.

Council member Wanda Warren decided not to stand when the time came to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and she says she will continue to sit until she see's change.

Warren says she loves her country, but starting Monday she will sit for the Pledge of Allegiance until she see's equality for all people.

"I've always pledged allegiance to the flag," said Warren. "It was a core of what we did growing up."

Following recent racial tensions across the nation, Warren says the words written are not holding true right now. So, Monday night at the scheduled meeting she sat while the pledge was recited.

"I don't believe, currently, our whole government is representing our whole people," Warren said.

Dane Clark served in the military. He says he was surprised when he heard about Warren, but says he fought for people to exercise their freedoms.

"I feel that everybody has a right to voice or not voice their opinions," said Clark.

Warren says she wants action and is working to implement change within the City of Thomasville to do her part.

She's working on a strategic plan to help minority areas in the city, bring more opportunity, and better the relationship with law enforcement.

Warren says when that change starts to take place she will rise from her seat.

"When our government can specifically put in laws and regulations that are good for all its people then I will stand for the flag again," said Warren. "Then I will believe in the pledge that I'm taking again."

Warren says her goal is to work with the entire council to make progressive change.