UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently made comments on kneeling as an act of protest, which were widely condemned as ignorant and insensitive.
During an interview, he said, “I understand this sense of frustration and restlessness, which is driving the Black Lives Matter movement. I’ve got to say, on this taking the knee thing…feels to me like a symbol of subjugation, subordination, rather than one of liberation and emancipation.”
When the radio host asked whether he would take a kneel, he said he would only do so for two people, “the Queen and the Mrs. when I asked her to marry me.”
In response to the criticism, Mr. Raab went to Twitter to clarify his position. “To be clear I have full respect for the Black Lives Matter movement, and the issues driving them. If people wish to take a knee, that’s their choice and I respect it. We all need to come together to tackle any discrimination and social injustice.”
Labour Party MP David Lammy responded by saying “This is not just insulting to the Black Lives Matter movement, it is deeply embarrassing for Dominic Raab. He is supposed to be the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom.”