Jay-Z honors Kaepernick
At a concert at Citi Field in New York on Friday night, Jay-Z dedicated his song “The Story of O.J.” to Colin Kaepernick and Dick Gregory, a comedian and activist who died in August. “I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight. I want to dedicate this song to Dick Gregory . ... I want to dedicate this song to anybody that was held back and you overcame,” Jay-Z said at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival. Kaepernick, still a free agent after opting out of his contract with the 49ers, has been a divisive figure around the NFL for his decision to sit, and later kneel, during the national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told reporters last year. His protest gained traction and dozens of players have joined him in protesting police brutality and the treatment of people of color in America. That perhaps is why Jay-Z chose to mention Kaepernick alongside Gregory, who marched in Selma, Ala., was shot in the leg during the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles and counted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X among confidants.