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Celebrities, including music legend Stevie Wonder, continue to show their support for Colin Kaepernick.
On Saturday, Wonder took a knee in solidarity with the former NFL quarterback at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park.
“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” Wonder said, dropping to first one knee and then the other. “Not just one knee, but both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, and leaders of our world.” He added, “Our global brothers and sisters, I didn’t come here to preach, but I’m telling you, our spirits must be in the right place all the time.”
The 67-year-old crooner then played a set, which included fan favorites “Higher Ground”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” and “Sir Duke,” as well as a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Pharell Williams also made a guest appearance.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Wonder’s used his platform to highlight injustice. During the Hand In Hand telethon for Hurricane Harvey, Wonder made a similar speech stating that regardless of race, religion, political affiliation or sexual preference, we should all lend a helping hand to those devastated by the storms. He also took a jab at climate change naysayers saying, “Anyone who believes there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent. Lord, please save us all.”
Wonder’s sign of support comes on the heels of remarks made by President Donald Trump during a rally in Alabama last week. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,’” the president said, adding, “’He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
As previously reported, during the 2016-2017 football season, Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality. His contract with the San Francisco 49ers was not renewed and he has yet to be signed to another team.
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