After some fans booed players ‘taking a knee’ before the start of the England vs Austria game last night, manager Gareth Southgate falsely suggested that the reaction was an attack on black people.
Some spectators jeered the virtue signaling gesture, which was introduced a year ago after the death of George Floyd and is inextricably linked with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Players have been taking a knee to highlight racial injustice,” the BBC inaccurately reported, failing to represent clubs and players who have specifically stopped taking a knee because they are uncomfortable that it represents a political act and isn’t some vague nod to “equality.”
England manager Gareth Southgate echoed this fallacy, stating, “It’s not something on behalf of our black players that I wanted to hear because it feels as though it is a criticism of them.”
Except it isn’t criticism of them, as Southgate himself acknowledged in a subsequent statement when he said, “some people think it’s a political stand that they don’t agree with.”
And is it any wonder some people don’t agree with it?
Black Lives Matter is a hateful, violent, extremist organization that has desecrated statues and memorials and violently attacked and harassed people who refuse to offer total obsequiousness and support.
The movement is also supremely hypocritical given that it only cares about black lives that are taken by white people, despite every statistic showing the biggest threat to black lives, in both the U.S. and the UK, is other black people.
The gesture itself is also onerous because it carries with it the threat of punishment by unhinged social media mobs directed towards any player who refuses to perform it.
The notion that fans who pay huge sums to watch football players who get paid hundreds of thousands of pounds a week shouldn’t be allowed to express their opinion on the behavior of those players is also absurd.
As we document in the video below, everyone should be encouraged to exercise their own free speech by booing players who take a knee.
This is especially important for fans who plan on attending the Euro football championship later this month.
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