German Bundesliga team Hertha BSC had their players take a knee in a support of “tolerance and responsibility” before their home game against Schalke 04 earlier today.
“For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!”
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) October 14, 2017
‘Taking a knee’ controversially rose to prominence as NFL athletes kneeled to the American National Anthem. Colin Kaepernick first took a knee over a year ago stating “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color,” although critics suggested that it was a publicity stunt to deflect attention away from his ailing performance.
‘Taking a knee’ has not been a warmly received protest by some; slamming it as unpatriotic, unfounded, and divisive. Many NFL supporters have taken to social media to vent their anger, even posting videos of disgruntled fans burning their NFL memorabilia. NFL viewing figures have taken a tumble since the initial protest.
Ivorian striker Salomon Kalou said in a post-game interview “Hertha always stands against racism. If we can fight against that as a team, and as the city of Berlin, then that’s something we want to do”. The Hertha Stadium made an announcement declaring “Hertha BSC stands for diversity and against violence. For this reason, we are joining forces with the protest of our fellow American athletes to take a stand against discrimination. For a tolerant Berlin, both now and forevermore.”
Hertha BSC lost the game 0-2.
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