British Foreign Minister Dominic Rabb said on Thursday that “kneeling” came from the fictional TV drama series “Game of Thrones” and felt like a symbol of subjugation and subordination.
George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis of a black man after stabbing the neck of a white police officer for nearly nine minutes has sparked protests around the world, with many protesters kneeling in streets and squares, and racism Protested against
The post was first taken by National Football League player Colin Kaepernick while playing the US National Anthem to focus on racial injustice and has since been adopted by many sports players.
In England, Premier League football players, including champions Manchester City, knelt before kickoff in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement when the season resumed on Wednesday.
Rabab asked if he would adopt the position during a TalkRadio interview on Thursday, adding that he understood the frustration and uneasiness of running the Black Lives Matter movement.
He said: “I have to say on this ‘knee-jerk’ thing, which I don’t know, maybe it is a comprehensive history but it seems to be derived from Game of Thrones.”
“It seems to me more like a symbol of subjugation and subordination rather than liberation and liberation. But I understand that people feel this differently so it’s a matter of personal choice.”
Asked if he would kneel to protest, he said: “When I asked him to marry me I kneel for two people, the queen and the missus.”
In “Game of Thrones”, the phrase “bend the knee” is used when someone blames an emperor or master.
Rabb later tried to clarify his remarks, stating that he had “full respect” for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“If people want to kneel, it’s their choice and I respect that. We all need to come together to deal with any discrimination and social injustice,” he said on Twitter.
A clip of the rab interview interviewed him within hours of posting 1.5 million views on Twitter, and opposition MPs described his words as highly critical.
David Lamy, a Labor Party justice spokesman and longtime Black Rights campaigner, said, “This is not only disrespectful to the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s very embarrassing for Dominic Rabb.”
“He is considered the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom.”
(Reporting by Kate Holton and Michael Holden; Editing by Guy Falconbridge and Mark Heinrich)
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