Wearing a green and gold striped jacket with “LOVE” on the back, Jay-Z made a crowd scream in agreement as he talked about the waves going on in the NFL. The movement, which is still causing a noticeable division in the League, was started by Colin Kaepernick. Despite the tradition to stand, he sat down during the singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the 49ers first three preseason games. After the third game, spectators took notice.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” he said in a post-game interview, referencing the deaths that led to the Black Lives Matter movement. The quarterback stated that he would continue to protest until he felt like “the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent.”
In the months following Kaepernick’s 2016 protest, racial tensions rose. However, according to Jigga, it shouldn’t have since this is not a racial issue.