BALTIMORE — A Baltimore City Councilman is showing his support for the national anthem protest of football player Colin Kaepernick.

WBAL-TV (http://bit.ly/2cl7lFf ) in Baltimore reports City Councilman Brandon Scott placed his hands behind his back during the Pledge of Allegiance at Monday’s meeting and recited it with his head bowed. Scott says: “I think it’s important that these young people know that folks are standing with them.” He added: “There are many people who think that we have a perfect union. No we don’t have a perfect union.” Scott also wore a Kaepernick jersey to the meeting.

Kaepernick, San Francisco’s backup quarterback, was the first NFL player who chose to kneel during the anthem in preseason games to call attention to what he says is the oppression of blacks and other minorities.