In addition to ESPN‘s suspended ‘SportsCenter‘ journalist Jemele Hill‘s reactions to Dallas Cowboys coach Jerry Jones‘ punishment comments, Common, who’s already tweeted in her support, shares some strong feelings of his own.
However, the buck doesn’t stop there as the socially aware/vocal musician now tells TMZ, a day later, that Jones is showing his “slave owner mentality” in his handling of the NFL protests.
Consequently, Common, real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., states:
“First and foremost, we’ve got to acknowledge what the anthem is about..Francis Scott..how he wrote the anthem…acknowledge all the verses. Acknowledge this stuff where they’re talking about enslaving people. And then think about how the people, like Black people, how we feel that that was even the core of what the National Anthem is.”
In addition, he explains:
“My thing is the principles for the country that you’re standing up for…you really are opposing that by saying ‘look this is what you need to do.’ But to me, that’s an owner mentality. It’s a slave owner mentality, to be honest. Like ‘you’re going to do what I say on this.’ Nobody’s disrespecting the job. Nobody’s on the job doing disrespectful things.”
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While continuing his argument, he adds:
“They’re just saying ‘this is how I want to place my body during this anthem.’ And to say ‘I choose to place my body like this’…other people are choosing to put their hands over their heart. What makes their gesture better than somebody else[‘s] who might be praying during the National Anthem? Or somebody says ‘I’m kneeling for what I believe in?’ They should be able to do that because that’s what this country is about.”
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