By Miranda Inexperienced and Susannah Cullinane
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Legendary musician Stevie Marvel took each knees at a New York music pageant, seemingly displaying solidarity with NFL gamers criticized by President Donald Trump hours earlier.
“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America; however not only one knee, I’m taking each knees,” he stated on stage Saturday earlier than his efficiency on the International Residents Pageant. “Each knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen …”
Through the occasion, Marvel additionally spoke about interrupting hate, bigotry and condemning sexism.
Trump criticized some within the NFL on Friday night time at a rally in Alabama, saying workforce house owners ought to hearth gamers for taking a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem.
His remarks appeared to seek advice from Colin Kaepernick — previously with the San Francisco 49ers, however presently with no workforce — who final yr drew nationwide consideration for refusing to face throughout “The Star-Spangled Banner” previous to kickoff.
“I’m not going to face up to take pride in a flag for a rustic that oppresses black individuals and other people of colour,” Kaepernick stated final yr.
Trump is responding a yr later, saying if followers would “depart the stadium” when gamers kneel in protest in the course of the nationwide anthem, “I assure, issues will cease.”
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Trump stated NFL house owners ought to reply to the gamers by saying, “Get that son of a b***h off the sector proper now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”
The feedback have come beneath harsh criticism from the NFL and a number of the NBA’s prime gamers, placing the President within the middle of an issue with vital racial and cultural undertones.
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Addressing the gang earlier than he carried out, Marvel urged attendees to denounce bigotry and racism.
“Our international brothers and sisters, I didn’t come right here to evangelise, however I’m telling you, our spirit have to be in the suitable place. On a regular basis — not simply now, however tomorrow and everytime you, everytime you, every time it’s essential to interrupt hate, stand down bigotry, condemn sexism and discover love for all of our international brothers and sisters daily,” Marvel stated.
He then took a knee together with his son, Kwame Morris.
Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell additionally took a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem Saturday, the primary Main League Baseball participant to take action, based on the San Francisco Chronicle.