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Today’s talking point: To knee or not to knee?

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ONE of the most controversial sights of this depressing year has been that of politicians, celebrities, sports stars – and especially police – ‘taking the knee’.  

As we know, the gesture spread to this country via Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd in America on May 25.  

It now persists publicly at the start of football matches – and the Professional Footballers’ Association has recently backed maintaining it. 

A backlash has begun. On December 6, Millwall fans booed when their team ‘took the knee’ and Queen’s Park Rangers have now stopped doing it. 

But you can be sure that any big-name Premier League player who refused to kneel would even now see his career blighted by a Tweeting, bandwagon-jumping lynch mob.  

So what would you do in such a situation? Let’s say you vehemently disagree with taking the knee, but were asked to do so at work by your virtue-signalling boss or colleagues, or in a social setting by friends or family.

Would you stand your ground and say no? Or would you comply to avoid damaging your career or risk a falling-out with friends and family?  

PS: Feel free to discuss anything else on your mind.

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Henry Getley
Henry Getley is a freelance journalist.

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