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Kansas Republican lawmaker says protester can go 'home' after keeling during the national anthem

A Kansas legislator has criticized a black performer's public protest with a controversial Facebook post


The Associated Press
October 26, 2016 8:22PM (UTC)

TOPEKA, Kan.  — A Kansas legislator has criticized a black performer's public protest by saying in a Facebook posting that she should go back "home."

State Rep. Joe Seiwert confirmed the posting Tuesday in interviews with The Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle. The Republican defended the posting as a comment on someone showing disrespect to the American flag.

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Seiwert's post said, "Go back to where you claim home."

Two black legislators and the Democrat opposing Seiwert's re-election in their Wichita-area district called the posting offensive.

Seiwert confirmed he posted the comment under a meme with vulgar language criticizing singer Denasia Lawrence for kneeling to sing the national anthem before a preseason professional basketball game Friday in Miami. She wore a Black Lives Matter shirt and later called it protest against racial injustice.

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