OPINION: Rejecting ‘Take A Knee’ Doesn’t Make You Responsible For Racism

OPINION: Rejecting ‘Take A Knee’ Doesn’t Make You Responsible For Racism


Following the England soccer team’s penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, the three black players who missed their penalty kicks were reportedly subjected to disgusting racial abuse online, including monkey emojis, slurs, and taunts.

Following a goalless period of extra time, England and Italy were tied 1-1. During the penalty shootout, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, and Arsenal’s Bukaya Saka missed their penalty kicks for England, with Italy emerging victorious as a result. Rashford hit the post with his penalty kick, while Sancho and Saka had their attempts saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The racial abuse hurled at these players was — correctly — rejected by footballing organizations and public figures in England. The country’s Football Association strongly condemned “all forms of discrimination,” saying they were “appalled by the online racism.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on

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