UK foreign Secretary says taking knee for the support of Black Lives Movement is from the movie Game of Thrones
Dominic Raab has said he will only take the knee for two people — the Queen and “the Mrs” when he proposed.
Asked on Talk Radio for his views on footballers taking the knee as the Premier League restarted, the foreign secretary revealed his views on the gesture, which has become a symbol of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Asked if he would take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab: “I take the knee for two people; the Queen and the Mrs when I asked her to marry me.” Listen live ► https://t.co/sv3MZUm41c@JuliaHB1 | @DominicRaab pic.twitter.com/HbCIrCFKKV
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On Wednesday night, players from Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Arsenal – as well as officials and backroom staff – made the gesture at the start of their games as the football season resumed after the coronavirus lockdown.
Asked about the decision, Raab said: “I understand this sense of frustration and restlessness which is driving the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I’ve got to say on this taking the knee thing — which I don’t know, maybe it’s got a broader history but seems to be taken from Game of Thrones — it feels to me like a symbol of subjugation and subordination rather than one of liberation and emancipation.
“But I understand people feel differently about it so it’s a matter of personal choice.”
He went on: “I take the knee for two people – the Queen and the Mrs when I asked her to marry me.”
He added: “By the way, she disputes that… I’m sure I did but we’d obviously had too much champagne at the time, but I’m certain I did.”