A growing number of Black American musicians are joining the kneeling protest in solidarity with NFL players who knelt during national anthem in a show of defiance against social and racial injustice in the country under the Trump administration.
Music legend Stevie Wonder showed his support for under-fire American Football players by getting down on both knees, with the help of son Kwame, at the Global Citizen festival in New York Saturday night.
“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America. But not just one knee, I’m taking both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe,” the R&B/pop artist told the crowd gathered in Central Park.
Pharrell Williams, who called on US citizens to stand up to far-right protesters, knelt at a Concert for Charlottsville on Sunday night.
“If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that’s what this flag is for,” he told his fans.
Hop star Jay-Z called the president “a joke”, while rapper Ice Cube replied to Trump in the same language he used: “Never let a son of a b… distract you from doing what’s right. #knee deep”.
Rapper J.Cole praised the players for their symbolic action, and has called on American football fans to boycott watching the games.
“Trump is only consistently loyal to white supremacists and Putin,” according to musician and actor John Legend.
He posted on Instagram a photo of himself on his knee and raising his fist during a show in Hamburg, with images of 1960s civil rights protests shown on a screen behind him.
NFL players across the country have been staging an unprecedented wave of protest by kneeling down on one leg during the traditional pre-match playing of the US national anthem.
President Donald Trump touched off a firestorm Friday at a political rally in Alabama when he ripped the NFL owners for not firing the players who didn’t stand for the anthem. “Get that son of a b…. off the field right now!” Trump said, railing to an empathetic crowd. “Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”
“Well, I think the owners should do something about it. I think it’s very disrespectful to our flag and to our country,” he told reporters before boarding a plane at Morristown Municipal Airport Sunday.
A number of TV and film celebrities responded against the US President’s attack on NFL players.
by RTT Staff Writer
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