#TakeAKnee Reaches German Football As Hertha Berlin Join Movement

Sheri Evans
October 15, 2017

It was an apparent show of support for National Football League teams who have become involved in the "Take A Knee" protest movement over recent weeks. "For a tolerant Berlin and open-minded world, now and forevermore!" The club's coaching staff, officials and substitutes also kneeled.

German soccer team Hertha Berlin took a knee on Saturday before their Bundesliga contest, following in the footsteps of many American athletes as a form of protest and raising awareness.

Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou added that: "Hertha always stands against racism".

Despite Colin Kaepernick's repeated claims he was kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial discrimination in the United States, many, including the president, have ignored his actual message and instead have accused him and anyone who joined him of disrespecting the flag (not a thing) and the military (untrue).

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"Berlin is colorful", the Hertha stadium announcer said over the loudspeaker, according to ESPNFC. "We are Berlin. We are an open-minded city, and we stand for diversity, and that's what the team and the club wanted to stand up for today".

According to the teams twitter page, they made a decision to take a knee "in the name of tolerance, responsibility, and a tolerant Berlin". "There are some people, however, who are not that far ideologically yet", Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp told Sky TV at halftime. For us, it's a good example to show.

The #TakeAKnee campaign started in the USA past year when former San Francisco 49ers quarter-back Colin Kapernick knelt during his country's national anthem as a way of protesting against racism.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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