Jordin Sparks, the “It Ain’t You” singer, 27, and former "The Voice" star sang the national anthem Monday night before the Dallas Cowboys played the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona. Sparks did not kneel before, during or after she sang the anthem, but used a Bible verse to send her own message.
While holding a microphone, the verses “Prov. 31:8-9’ were visible, according to People magazine. The Bible verse says, “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.”
Her message has sent ripples through social media. Americans have reacted encouragingly to her message:
While Sparks sang the anthem, the Dallas Cowboys, including owner Jerry Jones, knelt, and linked arms, in protest. The Arizona Cardinals did the same. Conversely, on Sunday, before the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Chicago Bears, Alejandro Villanueva stood alone from his teammates, saluting the flag, according to USA Today.
Although he later said he regretted unintentionally breaking ranks with his team members, the sale of his jerseys has skyrocketed, according to CNN Money. Villanueva is a graduate of West Point and a veteran of three tours to Afghanistan.
Some have taken Sparks’ message to silently protest against Trump, while others are encouraged simply that she brought in a verse from the Bible to shed biblical truth during a controversial and divisive moment in American history. What do you think?
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