If there's one thing we've learned about Jay-Z this year, it's that he isn't afraid to use his musical performances as opportunities to discuss serious issues.?
At his Sunday concert in Brooklyn's Barclays Center the rapper took time to share his thoughts about police brutality and NFL players kneeling before the national anthem — a protest started by Colin Kaepernick over a year ago in response to police brutality and oppression faced by the black chartph.community.?
"Protesting, putting our fists in the air ― they have shit to do with the flag," Jay said about the protests, according to The Huffington Post. "It’s all about injustice. We standing up for injustice."
In a video posted on Twitter, Jay is seen discussing police brutality, reminding everyone why they should be impacted by the issue.
"Young men — young black men — are dying, and it’s not even a black and white issue,” he said. “It’s a human issue. If a young 16-year-old child leaves the house and never chartph.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, that couldn't live his full potential."
"That person could’ve been the next Barack Obama. That person could’ve been the next Muhammad Ali, etc." he said. "So that’s a human issue."
Before transitioning to his song "N***** in Paris," Jay-Z offered words of support to all people of color. "We’re not second-class citizens to anybody. We some of the most beautiful, flyest, motherfucking smartest [people] on this whole planet," he said. "Tonight we gonna celebrate that black excellence.”
Donald Trump has repeatedly weighed in on the NFL protests, claiming the kneeling is "disrespectful" and arguing players should be punished.
It's not the first time Jay has spoken out about kneeling at one of his shows, and this year he's been particularly open about his political beliefs.
The rapper a "Colin K" football jersey during his Saturday Night Live performance in October, since then he's penned an op-ed in The New York Times calling for criminal justice reform in response to the arrest of his friend and fellow rapper, Meek Mill.
Recently he stopped a show to offer some inspirational words to a 9-year-old girl in the audience. "You can be anything that you want to be in the world," he said. "At this very moment, America is way more sexist than they are racist. But you, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States. You believe that," he went on.
At the rate Jay-Z's moving, we wonder if he'll have some words for Donald Trump in the future.