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Tennessee man says he was fired after being spotted sitting during national anthem at weekend event

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A Tennessee man says that he was fired from his job at a local kickboxing gym because he sat during the national anthem at a weekend event.

Local news station Fox 17 reports that Tyler Chancellor, who until this week had been an employee at the 9Round gym in Chattanooga, says that he was invited to attend an event at the Camp Jordan arena. During the national anthem, Chancellor chose to stay seated, in solidarity with professional athletes who kneel during the anthem to protest against police brutality against black Americans.

“Me being a minority in this society, I chose to stand up for what I believe in- well not actually stand up, but sit down for what I believe in,” Chancellor explains to Fox 17.

Chancellor didn’t realize that he had done anything wrong until Monday, when his boss told him that he was being let go over his decision to sit during the anthem.

“She said because you sat down, you were a part of a 9Round event, and you sat during the national anthem,” Chancellor says. “We no longer want to continue business with you. There was no sugar coating.”

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Chancellor, who says he comes from a military family, tells Fox 17 that he has no regrets about his decision to sit during the anthem, despite the fact that it cost him his job.

Watch Fox 17’s report below.

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Legendary civil rights icon John Lewis unloads on Trump from the House floor: ‘I know racism when I see it’

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Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to condemn racist statements by President Donald Trump.

As chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington during with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech.

"I rise with a sense of righteous indignation to support this resolution," Lewis began.

"I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it," he explained. "And at the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism."

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US withholds cash from UN Population Fund over China abortions

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The United States said Tuesday it will again withhold contributions to the UN Population Fund due to its work with China, which controls family size, as the agency accused Washington of jeopardizing women's health.

It marked the third straight year that the United States has refused to fund the UN body as President Donald Trump's administration seeks to combat abortion, a pivotal issue for his evangelical Christian base.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo determined that "China's family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization practices," conditions that under US law require an end to funding, a State Department spokeswoman said.

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Kim Jong-un threatens to restart nuke tests as Trump’s efforts to talk to the regime fall apart again: report

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On Tuesday, CNN's Brian Todd reported that the North Korean regime is on the brink of rescinding what little they promised President Donald Trump, as the future of his efforts to continue talks appear uncertain.

"Kim Jong-un's regime is once again in negotiation by intimidation," said Todd. "Just two weeks after their historic meeting at the DMZ, and President Trump's short stroll into North Korea, North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un appears to be threatening to start testing his nuclear weapons again. In a new statement, Kim's foreign ministry calls the joint U.S./South Korean military exercises planned for next month a breach of the main spirit of what President Trump and Kim agreed to in Singapore, and says, 'We are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S."

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