Stevie Wonder Kneels While Performing The National Anthem In Texas [Video]

first_img[H/T Consequence of Sound] In recent months, some pro-athletes in the U.S. have been engaged in silent peaceful protest, regularly taking a knee during the National Anthem at the start of games in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. The controversial protests have been met with mixed responses, with some calling the athletes’ actions unpatriotic and others commending the protestors. In solidarity with the protestors, a number of musicians have taken a knee during performances in recent months, including Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams, Dave Matthews, and John Legend.Stevie Wonder Joins Dave Matthews Band At Concert For Charlottesville, Takes A Knee For Peace [Video]Last month, during New York City’s Global Citizen Festival, Stevie Wonder knelt for a portion of his September 23rd festival performance, saying “Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America. But not just one knee — I’m taking both knees.” He elaborated, “Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world, and our globe. Amen.”Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, & More Perform “Hand in Hand” Hurricane Benefit TelethonOver the weekend, during his closing set on Sunday at Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, Wonder again showed his support for the movement by kneeling during his show. However, unlike Global Citizen Festival, Wonder knelt for several minutes during his performance, remaining in the stance as he performed the National Anthem on the harmonica for the crowd.During the show, Stevie Wonder explained, “It is time for the leader of this nation, the leaders in the varied political positions that they hold, the people, we as artists—all of us come together as a united people of these United States of America. In the home of the United States, or the united people of America—not some but all. Feel me, feel me, Mr. President.”You can watch a fan-shot video of Stevie Wonder’s protest during his performance at Austin’s Formula 1 Grand Prix below, courtesy of Peter Blackstock.last_img

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