U.S. Women's Soccer Team Sports Black Lives Matter Jackets To 'Affirm Human Decency'

Written by on November 28, 2020

The U.S. ladies’s nationwide soccer staff donned jackets emblazoned with the phrases “Black Lives Matter” Friday in a pleasant match with the Netherlands Friday.

A number of of the gamers additionally took a knee throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than the match in Breda within the Netherlands to protest U.S. racial injustice and police brutality, CNN reported

“We put on Black Lives Matter to affirm human decency,” mentioned an announcement posted by participant Alex Morgan earlier than the match. 

“We love our nation, and it’s a true honor to signify America,” the assertion added. “Additionally it is our responsibility to demand that the liberties and freedoms that our nation was based on lengthen to everybody.”

It added: “We protest in opposition to the racist infrastructures that don’t present equal alternative for Black and brown folks to satisfy their goals, together with enjoying on this staff.”

The staff additionally posted a video concerning the jackets on its Twitter website, including: “This isn’t political, it’s an announcement on human rights.”

Workforce members have spoken out in assist of gamers within the Nationwide Soccer League and different skilled sports activities who’ve taken a knee throughout the nationwide anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

However The U.S. Soccer Federation solely this summer time lifted a ban that prohibited gamers from taking a knee. The ban, demanding all gamers “stand respectfully” for the anthem,  was instituted after star Megan Rapinoe took a knee in 2016, changing into one of many first athletes to protest in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. 

The soccer federation lastly modified its coverage after the police shootings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, amongst others, that sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.

President Donald Trump has lengthy railed in opposition to athletes protesting police brutality and early on demanded the NFL fireplace any participant who takes a knee in protest. He has characterised anti-racism protesters as home terrorists. Rapinoe has blasted Trump as a “white nationalist.”

The ladies’s soccer staff is preventing its personal discrimination battle, looking for the identical cash paid to the U.S. males’s staff members. The ladies are World Cup champs and four-time Olympic gold medalists. The lads have by no means come out on high in both venue.

On Friday, the U.S. ladies gained a rematch of final 12 months’s World Cup last in opposition to the Netherlands staff by the identical rating, 2-0.

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