- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sevyn Streeter, a singer who was slated to perform the national anthem for the Philadelphia 76ers’ season opener Wednesday, said the team the took gig away from her because of her “We Matter” jersey.

“I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart,” Ms. Streeter said, The Associated Press reported. “Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that.”

According to CSNPhilly.com, team officials won’t confirm or deny Ms. Streeter’s charge, although the team released a statement saying it “encourages meaningful actions to drive social change.”

“We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities,” the Sixers front office said. “As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”

While Ms. Streeter does not appear to be active in the Black Lives Matter movement, in a July 6 Facebook posting, she compared the shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police to lynchings of blacks by white mobs in the Deep South.

“Guns instead of ropes/ Chain our minds, Kill our hope,” she wrote, captioning a black-and-white photo showing a white crowd posing around three lynched black men. “Homicide turned genocide/ Kill a negro win a prize/ WHEN WILL WE SEE A CHANGE!”

“Patience on a running clock/ Another corpse it ticks & tock / No cop killers, just KILLER COPS / WHEN WILL WE SEE A CHANGE!” she concluded, adding a few hashtags including “#JUSTICEFORMYPEOPLE.”


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