British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is under spitfire for being insensitive and out-of-sense as he criticized the Black Lives Matter Movement’s ‘taking the knee’ protest.He has gone on lengths to describe ‘taking the knee’ as something as symbolically thoughtless as mimicking Game of Thrones.
He has said that the action ‘feels to me like a symbol of subjugation and subordination rather than one of liberation and emancipation’.He did accept that other people may ‘feel differently’ and insisted he understood the ‘frustration’ felt by oppressed communities, but added: ‘I take the knee for two people, the Queen and the Mrs when I asked her to marry me.
Labour’s Diane Abbott condemning Mr Raab for not knowing the origins of the protest. Mansfield MP Ben Bradley said he was ‘bang on the money’, adding: ‘Equality doesn’t require one group to kneel for others.’
Asked about ‘taking the knee’, the Foreign Secretary said: ‘I understand this sense of frustration and restlessness which is driving the Black Lives Matter movement.I’ve got to say on this taking the knee thing – I don’t know maybe its got a broader history but it seems to me to be taken from the Game of Thrones – feels to me like a symbol of subjugation and subordination rather than one of liberation and emancipation.
But I understand people feel differently about it so it’s a matter of personal choice.Pressed on whether he personally would take the knee, Mr Raab replied: ‘I take the knee for two people, the Queen and the Mrs when I asked her to marry me.
‘Taking the knee’ was a symbolic gesture first initiated by Colin Kaepernick, the American football player who knelt as the US national anthem was playing before the game of San Francisco 49ers was about to commence.
It was also the issue of police brutality that led to his protest, in which the player has explicitly explained his motifs: ‘I am not going to get up to show pride in a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.‘To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.
There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.’
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