Every year, we got a bunch of people posting a ton of Martin Luther King Jr. quotes on social media, even though what he said and stood for doesn’t even align with what most people say and do in present day.
Vice President Mike Pence, for example, took to Twitter and posted a message about him:
Many people quickly called him out for it, based on his past actions.
Jemele Hill was one of them as she posted an article of him leaving a Colts game in 2017 because he saw players on the field kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. Those players were protesting racism and inequality.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 18, 2021
Mike Pence left a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 after some players knelt during the National Anthem, saying he did not want to “dignify” the demonstration.
“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter.
Then-San Francisco safety Eric Reid, who has participated in the kneeling protests, criticized the walkout in a video posted by a 49ers reporter and said he “definitely” thought it was a planned stunt.
Kneeling during the anthem was brought into the mainstream by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said it signifies a protest for racial justice.