Dominic Raab kneeling: Foreign Secretary ays taking the knee is from Game of Thrones.
Dominic Raab said he would not “take a knee” in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement as he claimed “it seems to be taken from Game of Thrones”.
The Foreign Secretary told TalkRadio on Thursday that the protest was “a matter of personal choice” and suggested the kneeling gesture widely used by BLM advocates appeared to be more a “symbol of subjugation” than one of “liberation and emancipation”.
“I take the knee for two people; the Queen and the Mrs when I asked her to marry me,” he said.
Explaining his position further, Mr Raab added: “I understand this sense of frustration and restlessness that it driving the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I’ve got to say, on this taking a knee thing, I don’t know, maybe it’s got a broader history but it seems to be taken from The Game of Thrones, feels to me like a symbol of subjugation and subordination rather than one of liberation and emancipation.
“But I understand people feel differently about it so it’s a matter of personal choice.”
The Foreign Secretary’s comments came after Premier League footballers kneeled in support of the BLM movement during two fixtures – between Aston Villa and Sheffield United and Manchester City and Arsenal – played on Wednesday evening.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been credited with inspiring the ‘take a knee’ gesture after the ex- San Francisco 49ers star dropped to one knee during the American national anthem at a pre-season game in 2016 to indicate his anger at racial injustice in the US.
Mr Raab was meanwhile mocked on social media for his suggestion that the gesture appeared to have originated out of popular TV series Game of Thrones.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan commented: “Unbelievable. Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab thinks taking the knee is from Game of Thrones. This Government continues to shame us to the world.”
Labour MP and shadow justice secretary David Lammy meanwhile branded Mr Raab’s comments “insulting”.
“This is not just insulting to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it is deeply embarrassing for Dominic Raab,” Mr Lammy Tweeted.
“He is supposed to be the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom.”