J Cole’s Message To You, Listen Up

Written by Anita Sanikop

On Sunday night, many people identified with a collective political stance against our “elected” POTUS.

At a campaign rally in Alabama, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out, you’re fired!’ Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ wildly inept attempt to handle Trump’s comments only made matters worse for the White House. She defended her boss, saying that if the debate is really about police brutality, protesters should probably protest the officers on the field that are protecting them, instead of the American flag.

Clearly, this shameful political duo should take a knee and listen to the core reasoning why athletes are using the NFL as a platform:  to fight for the countless black lives taken by police officers who go unconvicted.

Before civil rights activist Rosa Parks was arrested, many others were arrested for refusing to give up their seat to white passengers. The Montgomery boycott was planned by the city’s black leaders and accomplished by the people.

Instead of sitting, 78 years later we are kneeling. And now hip-hop artist J. Cole, who is signed on Jay Z’s Roc Nation label, is calling for a large-scale demonstration to show the world our true economic power.

In a conscience Twitter rant, J. Cole calls out the NFL to hire a third party investigator to see if former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been denied a job — and his First Amendment rights — due to a peaceful protest against racial inequality.

Kaepernick began protesting in 2016 the oppression of black people. He did it by kneeling while the U.S. national anthem was being played before the start of games. He is credited with starting a movement and he’s being mentioned as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for athletic activism.

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