Registered On: January 3, 2014
You can’t “train” someone to be a Marxist anymore than you can train someone to be a Capitalist.
You present them with the core values and they make their own minds up.
How many times must footballers have to repeat that they not making a far left political gesture, but a humanitarian one?
The thing that, in my opinion, confuses matters is the difference between “thee knee” in Europe and the USA.
American footballer Colin Kaepernick originally made the gesture during the playing of the National Anthem. In other words kneeling when others were standing. Doing the opposite in protest.
In many ways this doesn’t work here because players don’t stand for the National Anthem in league games. If it was done during the anthems preceding an International match that would be wholly inappropriate.
It is not a protest against a whole nation (as Kaepernick intended) but against far-right groups and individuals who continue to promote white supremacy and racial hatred.
Perhaps this has clouded some people’s judgment.
Certain individuals like Wilf Zaha choose not to do it as they think it’s demeaning. They may have a point, as kneeling is a gesture of servitude. But it is free choice, and at the moment the England team are united in continuing with the gesture.
Until someone comes up with something else it’s the best we’ve got!
I’ll continue to support it.