Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is once again using the stage as a platform to talk about the NFL National Anthem protests. On Sunday night during his Miami tour stop Hov gave his two cents on why players are taking a knee saying it’s not about the flag.
“I want y’all to understand, when people are kneeling and putting their fists up in the air and doing what they’re doing, it’s not about the flag, it’s about justice. “It’s about injustice. And that’s not a black or white thing, it’s a human issue.”
Jay-Z previously through his support behind Colin Kaepernick, the NFL player considered the catalyst of the anthem protests, by dedicating a song to him at the Meadows Festival and wearing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s jersey during the rapper’s Saturday Night Live musical guest appearance.
On Sunday, after Kaepernick was named GQ‘s Citizen of the Year, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation signee J. Cole similarly praised the athlete to GQ. “Colin and I met years ago … I actually went to the first game he really played in, against the Jets. I just happened to be at that game. It hit another level for me the second I learned he was taking a knee,” Cole said.
“Suddenly something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life — standing for the national anthem — now feels uncomfortable. Why? Because now it feels phony! It feels like, Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for.”