Stephen: UK Foreign Secretary falsely claims kneeling in support of BLM comes from Game of Thrones

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has an interesting theory on how kneeling became one of the signature gestures of the Black Lives Matter movement. “I understand this sense of frustration and restlessness that is driving the Black Lives Matter movement,” Raab said Thursday. However, he quickly went on to prove that he actually doesn’t understand it when he added a moment later, “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 the Game of Thrones–feels to me like a symbol of subjugation and subordination, rather than one of liberation and emancipation.”

Lawmakers from UK’s Labour party quickly slammed the Conservative politician’s comments. “Taking the knee began in 2016 with American athletes refusing to stand for U.S. national anthem. They were protesting police brutality and racism. But Dominic Raab thinks it comes from Game of Thrones!” MP Diane Abbott tweeted. Others called Raab’s comments “insulting,” “deeply embarrassing,” “really disrespectful,” and “flippant.”

 

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