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Boris Johnson makes it clear that he would NOT "take the knee"


Boris Johnson made it clear today that he would not get on his knees with Black Lives Matter protesters – insist that people should not be bullied to make gestures.

The prime minister said he focuses on the "substance" of changing social attitudes and improving opportunities for ethnic minorities.

The comments on a phone call on LBC radio came after Dominic Raab said last month that he would not personally get on his knees – a demonstration of the support the world has had since George Floyd's death in the United States.

The Secretary of State faced a backlash after saying it was a symbol of "submission" and the only two people he knelt for were the Queen and his wife when he proposed.

Mr. Johnson pressed this morning to take his knee and said, "I don't believe in gestures. I think I have substance. I believe in doing things that make a practical difference. & # 39;

He cited his record as Mayor of London to improve diversity, saying that there have been significant improvements in the past decade and stressed that he wanted more black representation in the cabinet.

"I want to see that," said Mr. Johnson. & # 39; I'd rather see a story about promoting success and taking advantage of the opportunities we can open …

"Of course there are injustices that we have to correct, there are prejudices, of course there are prejudices out there."

Boris Johnson made it clear today that he would not get on his knees with Black Lives Matter protesters – insist that people should not be bullied to make gestures.

The police (including Kent's chief of police, as pictured last month) have previously taken their knee out of solidarity with the BLM protests. However, officials have now been advised not to do so

The police (including Kent's chief of police, as pictured last month) have previously taken their knee out of solidarity with the BLM protests. However, officials have now been advised not to do so

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 passed 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 the death of George Floyd, 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.

Mr. Johnson said his concern was that he did not "want people bullied to do things that they did not want to do".

“If you think what happened to the cops at the cenotaph. You were really aggressively insulted and asked to take your knee, ”he said.

& # 39; Some of them did it. Back then it was very difficult for the others who didn't … I think it is very important that you don't do things that make life difficult or embarrassing. & # 39;

When it was pointed out that the police had now instructed the officers not to take the knee on duty, Mr. Johnson said, "I agree."

This week it turned out that soldiers were banned from taking their knees because it is considered too political.

The commanders warned the HMS Sultan staff in Gosport, Hampshire that they could not participate in the action in uniform.

Defense officials are currently reviewing the policies to determine if there is scope to show their respect in other ways.

In a TalkRadio interview last month, Mr. Raab said the gesture feels more like a symbol of submission and submission to me than a symbol of liberation and emancipation.

He accepted that other people "feel different" and insisted that he understand the "frustration" of oppressed communities, but added: "I take my knee for two people, the queen and the woman, when I asked them to marry."

He said, "I have to say on my knee thing – I don't know if it has a wider story, but it seems to me to be from the Game of Thrones – it feels like a symbol of submission and submission to me instead of liberation and emancipation.

"But I understand that people think differently about it, so it's a matter of personal choice."

The statements immediately angered and MPs such as Labor's Diane Abbott sentenced Mr. Raab for not knowing the origins of the protest.

Mr. Raab later tried to cool the situation by tweeting that he had "full respect" for the BLM movement and that people had the right to "choose" whether to take the knee.

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.

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 said she disregarded soldiers and the flag. It was banned by the NFL with Donald Trump's anger, and many believe it has destroyed Kaepernick's career.

It became widespread around the world after George Floyd's death and used by Premier League footballers before the games last night.

The protest against the knee was started in 2016 by American football player Colin Kaepernick

The protest against the knee was started in 2016 by American football player Colin Kaepernick

Mr. Raab said he was kneeling only for the queen and proposed to his current wife Erika (pictured together last year)

Mr. Raab said he was kneeling only for the queen and proposed to his current wife Erika (pictured together last year)

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