Registered On: July 8, 2014
I really struggle to see what the issue is with players taking a knee before a match. Some may say “It’s been going on too long”, or may ask “When will it end?”. The issue is, that racism is still alive, and being peddled by keyboard warriors over social media. Week after week we hear and read stories of players being racially abused over social media. Until this is stamped out I feel that professional footballers players have every right to protest against racism. Some may argue and say “But we have the Kick it Out campaign”. Whilst that is true, it is also true that it is not effective, otherwise players wouldn’t still be receiving racial abuse.
I think all but the most ignorant would agree that the action of footballers taking a knee is not done in support of any marxist ideology or movement, but is done to show solidarity and support for anti-racism. Anyone who says otherwise is being deliberately divisive, is in denial of the numerous public statements made by footballers, or lacks the ability to understand a clearly articulated message.
To state that the players who are taking a knee in protest against racism are following a marxist movement would be a wilful misrepresentation of the facts. Sure, there may be some in the BLM movement who are so inclined, but I suspect that they are very much in the minority, and like all marxist movements in the western world, will fail.