Taking the knee

How did it start?

With a startling number of police brutality incidents on African American men being highlighted on social media, Colin Kaepernick took a stand.

During a pre-season game for the San Francisco 49ers - before the 2016 campaign - the NFL star dropped to one knee during the national anthem.

Dozens of sportspeople have followed suit but Kaepernick left the 49ers after last season and is still a free agent with some claiming his protests and political views have put teams off signing him.


Taking a knee remains a protest against the unfair treatment of Black Americans - but has now become a globalised symbol of fighting racism.

While not directly related to the symbol of protest, Mr Floyd was murdered in America after a white officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, as he screamed "I can't breathe".

Protesters across the globe are now taking the knee, along with a number of football clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City and Formula 1 showing their support.


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