Steve Aoki takes a knee with Colin Kaepernick

Steve Aoki took a knee to honor Japanese Americans alongside former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, who gained nationwide attention when he refused to stand during the National Anthem at the start of football games in response to police brutality, was joined by the Grammy-nominated musician and DJ, who was in-between cities on tour.

“We #takeaknee to STAND UP against racism,” Aoki wrote with his picture posted to Twitter and Instagram. Their action of taking a knee was seen as a sign of protest against the oppression of people of color.

The two visited a mural honoring Japanese Americans and civil rights activists, The Mercury News reported.

In Kaepernick’s post, he quoted civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, a pioneer for Japanese American rights: “The movement is contagious, and the people in it are the ones who pass on the spirit.”


This article was featured on kore.am.

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