US Soccer has reversed its decision to impose a ban on
players kneeling during the national anthem as a expression of protest, recognizing
the right of players to express their protest in the way they wish.
The ban was organically introduced when popular star Megan
Rapinoe kneeled in solidarity with player Colin Kaepernick, who introduced this
kind of protest as an expression of his protest against racial injustice.
The overturn of the ban has come at the time the citizens of
the North American state of the United States of America is aggressively
discussing the matter of racial injustice.
Recently, a severe protest broke out in the United States,
following the custodial death of a unarmed black man by a white police officer.
The incident has given rebirth to the Black Lives Matter
movement – which was initiated to end the discrimination faced by the black
community in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
In the coming days, more discussions are expected to happen around this matter. The decision taken by US soccer is a commendable one. It may inspire many similar forums to recognize the right to people to protest against any kind of discrimination on the basis of colour.
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