The British military are prohibited from pulling their knees out of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests after the commanders said it was too political
- The Department of Defense has prevented British forces from "kneeling".
- The commanders feared that solidarity with the BLM protests was too "political".
- Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says the armed forces should reset the "sad" records of discrimination
British soldiers and women have been banned from taking their knees because the act has become too "political", it is alleged.
The Department of Defense has told uniformed forces personnel not to perform the symbolic gesture that shows solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
It is believed that commanders from at least one branch of the HM armed forces fear that permission from officers to take their knees would cause political problems following mass protests on streets across the country.
But looking at the promise of the chief of defense, Nick Carter, in a letter to all commanders to take action to ban racism from the ranks.
The Department of Defense has told uniformed forces personnel not to perform the symbolic gesture that shows solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement
And the move can also lead to lower-tier divisions, with BAME officers and others who are already supporting the movement unlikely to stop due to political concerns.
"Stopping racism is not political," Ben McBean, a black Royal Marine who had lost limbs in Afghanistan, told the sun.
He added that troops who believed #BlackLivesMatter would still do so and would face the penalties.
A defense ministry spokesman said: “The MOD does not tolerate racism and promotes diversity and equality. Recent protests have reminded us that we all have a role to play in building a better society. & # 39;
Taking the knee, however, has proven controversial. Two metropolitan area police officers were criticized for kneeling in front of BLM demonstrators on Downing Street.
Taking the knee, however, has proven controversial. Two metropolitan area police officers have been criticized for kneeling in front of BLM demonstrators in Downing Street
Kent Police Chief Alan Pughsley recently took a knee at a BLM event
While the event was largely peaceful at the time, it later went into chaos when projectiles at number 10 were thrown over the gates and several officers were persecuted and injured on Whitehall.
After the incident, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab was one of the first in the cabinet to speak about a knee, calling it something "from the Game of Thrones" and "like a symbol of submission".
Downing Street later said that Mr. Raab had given a "personal opinion" when he said a knee was a symbol of submission.
It comes when Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the armed forces must "reset" their "sad" records of discrimination against black and ethnic minority personnel.
The cabinet minister told The House magazine that his own department had "underperformed" in the past to recruit or greet people with a black, Asian, and ethnic background (BAME).
And Mr. Wallace said: “From a purely selfish point of view, we lose the opportunity to have great talent if we no longer have BAME staff and women. So it is really very important that this is stopped, crushed, eliminated and we have to double our efforts. & # 39;
What are the origins of "take knees"?
The protest against the knee was started in 2016 by American football player Colin Kaepernick. He knelt famous for the US national anthem before playing for the San Francisco 49ers to demonstrate against police brutality.
It is believed that he adopted the idea of the way the U.S. military honors fallen comrades.
Kaepernick said at the time: “I will not get up to show pride in a country that oppresses black and colored people.
“For me it's bigger than football and it would be selfish for me to look away. There are bodies on the street and people who get paid leave and get away with murder. & # 39;
The campaign was extremely controversial in the United States. Critics like Donald Trump said they don't respect soldiers and the flag.
In the following years, however, it continued to spread in US sports.
It was originally tolerated by the NFL before an edict was issued in 2018 that insisted that all players be on the field during the national anthem.
This ban was lifted earlier this month after George Floyd's death was outraged. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodel said: "We were wrong because we didn't listen to the NFL players earlier and encouraged everyone to speak up and protest peacefully."
Many believe that it destroyed Kaepernick's career – he hasn't played a game since his contract ended in 2017.
It became widespread worldwide after George Floyd's death, and police officers in the UK took part in the public action.
It was also used by Premier League footballers before last night's games.
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