Jordin Sparks Made a Powerful Statement While Singing the National Anthem in the Midst of NFL Protests

Did you catch her subtle message?

If you’ve been watching the news lately, there has been a lot going on in regards to NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. This stems, of course, from Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision to kneel during the anthem because, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

The president not only tweeted his disapproval (would you expect anything less?) but has also called the players who kneeled “sons of b-tches.” In response, players and entire teams across the NFL have taken a stand. I’ll remind you that this protest started before Donald Trump came into office. This protest isn’t about Donald Trump, though his administration has been accused of being racist, white supremacists (but I digress). While his comments certainly led to more protests, the spirit of the protest isn’t malicious or to disrespect service men and women as he suggests. It is about acknowledging that America is not the “land of the free” for all of its citizens. Some have chosen to lock arms in solidarity, others have chosen to kneel, while some teams chose not to go onto the field for the anthem all together. If someone told me that football players were going to be at the center of a very public protest, I would have laughed in their faces. 2017, am I right?

All joking aside, this leaves some of the people singing the anthem in an awkward position. Jordin Sparks, for example, was slated to sing the anthem at the Cowboys v. Cardinals game on Monday night.

Blink and you’ll miss it, but Jordin joined those who are choosing to kneel for the national anthem in a different way.

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If you look closely, you can see that Sparks wrote “Prov 31:8-9” on her hand, alluding to verses from the Bible. Her choice is particularly telling, as the verses read, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

A message to the current administration? Could be. Jordin Sparks just proved that she didn’t have to kneel to take a stand.

Colin Kaepernick, NFL star and social activist, lays out the 10 points of his community outreach program to students in Harlem, New York.