Holmes’ father expressed surprise and pride in an interview with the station, while Mayor Steve Schewel let the room know right away that the boy’s protest was welcomed at City Hall.
“To the scout that expressed his conscience by kneeling, we will say that we endorse and appreciate all expressions of conscience in the Durham City Council,” said Schewel.
On social media, others expressed their support for Holmes as well.
An inspired, and inspiring, 10-year old:— Jenny Bowser (@bowserjenny) February 8, 2019
A Boy Scout took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance. The mayor endorsed his ‘expression of conscience.’ https://t.co/p9M43AoWy8
We're so proud of you, Liam Holmes. ❤ You show the path to a better future for all the world.— One world no borders (@coffee_n_cream) February 8, 2019
“What I did was took a knee against racial discrimination,” he said, “which is basically [when] people are mean to other people of different colors.”https://t.co/ks6sf4VN5E
Some also gave credit to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for first taking a knee during the national anthem at NFL games, starting in 2016. Some football players continued the protests in the most recent season, and athletes in other professional sports have joined as well.there is hope. https://t.co/oemnVxEcb8— (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Eric Nguyen ♥ (@annericefights) February 8, 2019
“What I did was took a knee against racial discrimination,” he said, “which is basically [when] people are mean to other people of different colors.”— Luis Sorto (@luissorto11) February 8, 2019
This is why @Kaepernick7 's work is so powerful. A 10 year old, white Boy Scout from NC taking a stand against discrimination. https://t.co/GdBHFI4N3E