In the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police, cities across America have erupted in protest. Over the weekend, J. Cole took the streets in solidarity with nationwide anti-racism protests in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Fans spotted the rapper, along with fellow Fayetteville native and NBA player Dennis Smith, among the people. People present report that Cole declined to take pictures and do interviews as to not distract from the moment. However, his presence was definitely felt.
“J. Cole has always been one of the realest, most genuine artists – not just through music, but through action,” one fan noted on Twitter. While another tweeted, “J. Cole has joined the protest in downtown Fayetteville, NC. So remember all the rappers who were out here donating and supporting when its time to buy albums.”
J. Cole has joined the protest in downtown Fayetteville, NC. So remember all the rappers who were out here donating and supporting when its time to buy albums. pic.twitter.com/OjJWRLFtJy
— OBJ said ask about him (@evelynvwoodsen) May 30, 2020
Many have also noted that this isn’t the first time Cole has been active in protests. In 2014, J. Cole similarly took to the streets following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Then again, the following year, he was spotted at the Justice or Else Rally in Washington D.C. put on by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.
Check out photos of J. Cole protesting with the people below.
1 thing about J. Cole, he gonna protest.
Eric Garner protest in 2014. #GeorgeFloyd protest in 2020. pic.twitter.com/74yDuAFr2V
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“Martin Luther King would’ve been on Dreamville” ✊🏾🙌🏾 this is my favorite rapper. https://t.co/0Lm6qseg8H
— Ariel Bushel (@bushelac4) May 30, 2020
“I’M JUST A MAN OF THE PEOPLE, NOT ABOVE BUT EQUAL”
J. COLE ON LET NAS DOWN pic.twitter.com/1G2kqG1jIC
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