R&B singer Denasia Lawrence honors Black Lives Matter and Kaepernick by kneeling during national anthem performance at Miami Heat game vs 76ers
Thanks for San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick, the national anthem stance caught heat yesterday! Miami Heat that is. R&B singer Denasia Lawrence infuriated some Miami Heats fans, owners and racist white people by taking a knee during her national anthem performance during Friday’s Miami Heat Game as the players began to lock arms at the American Airline Arena. She opened her blazer and under it is a t-shirt that reads “Black Lives Matter.”
Aware she was going to face a lot backlash, singer Denasia Lawrence quickly took to Twitter to defend her stance.
Official statement: pic.twitter.com/6C5NzCo5XV
— The SongBird (@DenasiaLawrence) October 22, 2016
The Miami Heat organization dashed into damage control by immediately releasing a statement saying, “We were unaware of it ahead of time.” Early Saturday morning, singer Denasia Lawrence touched the nerves of BLM haters by telling the truth; “We’re being unjustly killed and overly criminalized.” Miss Lawrence wrote. “I took the opportunity to sing and kneel to show that we belong in this country and that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us,” she continue.
To all of us who are constantly fighting for our place in our country, this was for you! #BlackLivesMatter #ColinKaepernick @MiamiHEAT pic.twitter.com/WQpJN8QPsk — The SongBird (@DenasiaLawrence) October 22, 2016
Singer Denasia Lawrence did a good job keeping the Black Lives Matter t-shirt and her agenda hidden from Miami Heat officials. “I didn’t get paid to sing the national anthem nor was this moment about any sort of fame,” She said. “Black Lives Matter is far larger than a hashtag. It’s a rallying cry.”
Who is is Denasia Lawrence? She is a social worker with Dade County public services in Miami, Florida and a part time R&B singer. Denasia national anthem stance is one of many plans around the country in the next few months during professional and non-professional sport games, concerts and other activities. The NBA players (over 90% black) plans to honor BLM and showing supports for Colin Kaepernick, but they pay a heavy price doing so.
Standing for the national anthem is part of the NBA players contractual agreement. The NBA has a specific rule demanding they stand. “All I can say is what we’ve seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem,” NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, stated on Friday in NYC. “It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do.”
What do you think of social worker and singer Denasia Lawrence national anthem stance during the Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers game in Miami?