Nottingham Forest footballer Lyle Taylor announced that he would not participate in taking a knee in solidarity with Black Lives Matter during soccer matches. When asked by LBC why he was refusing to participate, he simply said “enough is enough”. Taylor, who also happens to be part of the black community, added that he does not agree with the Marxist organization and its views.
“I took the decision because I felt that enough was enough… not enough people have looked into the organization that has brought all of this to the fore,” said Taylor.
According to a report by The Post Millennial, the British footballer still believes in the message that black lives matter, and that something should be done about societal injustices facing the black communities. He does not believe however, that the Marxist group Black Lives Matter is the answer.
Taylor goes on to say “…we are hanging our hat on a Marxist group who are… looking to defund the police, they’re looking to use societal unrest and racial unrest to push their own political agenda and that’s not what black people are, we’re not a token gesture, or a thing to hang your movement on, just because it’s what’s powerful and it’s what’s going on at the moment.”
Taylor is not the first Premier League Footballer to refuse taking a knee. Another black Footballer, Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, also said that he would not take a knee because that form of protest is not sufficient.
According to Taylor, footballers who stand instead of kneeling get bullied on social media and branded as ‘racist.’ He even insinuated that he, himself has been called racist and “racially abused’ by black people for refusing to take a knee.
Crystal Palace footballer, Wilfred Zaha, said that “it’s becoming something that we just do now, and that’s not enough for me. I’m not going to take the knee, I’m not going to wear Black Lives Matter on the back of my shirt because it feels like it’s a target,” he goes on to say “we’re isolating ourselves, we are trying to say that we’re equal but we’re isolating ourselves with these things that aren’t even working anyway, so that’s my stand on it. I feel like I should stand tall.”
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