A New Photo Of Dr. Dre Shows Him Kneeling, Here’s Why
Hip hop legend Dr. Dre recently made headlines this week after he posted a photo to his official Instagram account of him and former NFL star Colin Kaepernick tacking a knee. The photo in question shows Dr. Dre kneeling with Colin Kaepernick in a show of solidarity with his decision to make a social statement during the 2016 NFL season. Because of Kaepernick’s decision to kneel in 2016, he was fired from his job due to outrage from fans and even the current president Donald Trump.
The world is going through an unprecedented time right now, in the midst of a global pandemic, racial tensions have also risen worldwide largely being sparked by the public execution of George Floyd that happened a few months ago. With all of these events colliding to create a seemingly unavoidable “breaking point” for economies and civilizations everywhere.
The Hip Hop Star’s History of Activism
Dr. Dre added the caption “Defiant” to the photo of him and Kaepernick kneeling making an obvious statement about where he stands on matters of racial inequality and police brutality. Dr. Dre is no stranger to controversy as he came into the hip hop scene as the producer for the outspoken rap group N.W.A., who’s music at the time largely centered around rebelling against the police and unfair treatment that minority populations face in America.
In 2017, Dr. Dre released a documentary about his life that aired on HBO titled “The Defiant Ones.” The documentary chronicled Dre’s start from humble beginnings and took you on a ride throughout his wild career which eventually led to where he is today.
We can tell that by his remarks to Colin via the caption on the picture of them kneeling together is clever way to say that he and Kaepernick are of similar thought. Kaepernick’s and Dr. Dre relationship goes pre-dated the photo they recently took together as the former NFL pro signed a deal with Dre’s “Beats by Dre” company back in 2013.
Since Kaepernick’s unjust departure from the National Football League, several other major sports stars in the NBA and MLB have joined stance with him by also taking a knee. Just as recent as a few months ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a video in where he encouraged players to follow Kaepernick’s footsteps on the heels of BLM protests sparking conversation and action by large corporations all over the world.
This is a significantly different tune than the one we heard from Roger Goodell during the 2016 season in which Kaepernick was fired, raising suspicions about the authenticity behind his recent statements.
Being The Change You Want To See
As the world continues to deal with issues seemingly out of the control of political leaders, seeing celebrities like Dr. Dre and and Colin Kaepernick make a statement about where they stand during this time is definitely refreshing. The two have a long storied history together so it will be interesting to see what comes out of the recent picture they took together.