JAY-Z Talks National Anthem Protest on Tour Stop: ‘We’re Standing Up for Injustice’ [VIDEO]
JAY-Z has certainly had an eventful year— and that's not even counting the release of his acclaimed album, 4:44, over the summer.
This has been a year that JAY has become incredibly vocal about social justice issues-- particularly reform centered around various aspects of the criminal justice system. From his documentary series on Kalief Browder, to his upcoming documentary about Trayvon Martin, to his album, which was laced with lyrics about black empowerment, and to penning an op-ed in the New York Times about criminal justice disparities, Jay has been on a mission as of late. His 4:44 tour has been no exception.
Earlier this month during his tour stop, he used Meek Mill's recent incarceration as an example of unfair sentencing practices against black and brown people. Now, he's speaking out again about the national anthem protests which has defined the 2017 season of the NFL. During his second night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, prior to rapping "Niggas in Paris," he paused to, once again, offer a word.
"Protesting, putting our fists in the air ― they have shit to do with the flag," Jay-Z said. "It’s all about injustice. We standing up for injustice. Young men—young black men—are dying, and it’s not even a black and white issue, It’s a human issue. If a young 16-year-old child leaves the house and never comes back, everybody in here should be affected―black, white, short, tall, whomever. Everybody should be affected, because that’s a young life that was cut short."
Take a look at what he had to say below.