On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence attended an NFL game in his home state of Indiana. He left early, tweeting that he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem."
President Donald Trump later tweeted that he told Pence to leave the game.
Chicago’s Chance the Rapper, who recently played at the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (and will be back for Weekend Two) quote-tweeted the vice president on Monday with an explanation as to why many NFL players are kneeling for the national anthem.
Chance (née Chancelor Bennett), who raps about social issues in his songs (”Summer Friends,” “Same Drugs,” “Angels”) and donates to the Chicago public school system, has also spoken up about his hometown’s police brutality and murder rate, a statistic that Trump has often touted.
Here’s Chance, fom a Huffington Post interview in 2016:
“There’s a larger conversation we need to have about the role of police officers, their relationship to the people as enemy or executioner, when they’re not supposed to be either.”
Chance’s comments are but the latest in the ongoing debate this football season about players kneeling for the national anthem to protest police butality, a practice started in 2016 by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
On Monday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated that he will bench any player who is “disrespectful to the flag.” Previously, he led the Cowboys in kneeling as a team before the national anthem on live TV.
Also on Monday, ESPN suspended host Jemele Hill for two weeks for “a second violation” of the company’s social media guidelines. No further explanation ahs been given as of yet, but Hill tweeted about how to boycott Cowboys advertisers in the wake of Jones’ statement.