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Stevie Wonder on national anthem protest: ‘It’s not about not valuing the flag’

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Stevie Wonder sounds off with what he really thinks about the recent national anthem protests and how they’ve personally impacted him.

When asked about the NFL movement sweeping the country, the musician argued that it’s a fight for respect and unity, two points Donald Trump continues to miss.

“People want to be respected — the constitution’s about everyone being respected,” Wonder told TMZ. “It’s about stopping all this — putting one group against the other group.”

As for comments suggesting that refusing to kneel isn’t patriotic, he said, “People have died for the flag — everyone, every culture, every ethnicity — so it’s not about not valuing the flag.”

As previously reported, the legendary singer joined the protest just last week when he dropped to one knee during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park.

“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” said Wonder. “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 then proceeded to perform 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.

In case you’re playing catch up, celebrities including Wonder, John Legend, Trey Songz, J. Cole and many more continue to show their support for Colin Kaepernick, who during the 2016-2017 football season 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.

What are your thoughts on Wonder’s recent comments: spot on or we’ve heard enough? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


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    • Chaerish Powell on October 4, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Everyone says that players taking a knee during the national anthem isn’t the place or the time to demonstrate their discontent with the status quo. So my question would be, for these players who are mostly only seen during football season where they have the biggest platform in world, and are able to reach millions versus a few hundred, when and where would there demonstration be most appropriate. The american flag is just an outward expression of a country that formed out of wanting to be separated from the tyrant rule of England. To be patriotic is how you treat others that you serve for, and work with everyday. There is no higher way of being patriotic than that.

  2. James Boland on October 9, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Stevie Wonder is an American fixture. He represents each and every American because he represents love, unity, joy, freedom and peace. His spirit is a blessing to his music and his music is a blessing to the World.