She was rocking a jersey that said “We Matter.”
According to the 30-year-old R&B songstress, Sixers officials prohibited her from taking the stage minutes before her performance due to the message on her jersey.
“I’m at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem, and the organization is saying that I can’t because I’m wearing a ‘We Matter’ jersey,” she told fans in a brief video shared on social media.
As expected, Twitter erupted:
Earlier this month, California singer-songwriter Leah Tysse took a knee during her national anthem performance at the Sacramento Kings preseason game.
“I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed, and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability,” she wrote on Facebook. “The sad reality is, as a white American, I am bestowed a certain privilege in this nation that is not enjoyed by all people. Black families are having much different conversations with their children about how to interact with the police than white families. Let’s be honest. Until we can recognize that white privilege exists we cannot have a dialogue about race.”
UPDATE (October 27, 2016, 3:53 p.m.) — The 76ers have issued the following statement via NBC Sports:
“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”
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