Truly we live in extraordinary times. Here is the UK’s foreign minister, one Dominic Raab, saying that he wouldn’t take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter—because, no, the only times this manly man will take a knee is that one time he proposed to his wife, and also when the Queen needs it—as well as musing on the apparent negative connotations of the gesture: That it is a symbol of ‘subjugation’ and ‘subordination’ (presumably to the almighty structures of Black supremacy that run the world), and that it sounds like it came from Game of Thrones. Twitter couldn’t quite believe it either:
“Taking the knee” began in 2016 with American athletes refusing to stand for US national anthem. They were protesting police brutality and racism. But @DominicRaab thinks it comes from Game of Thrones!!! https://t.co/9spuAqWSQV— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) June 18, 2020
Dominic Raab - who I really must stress is the actual foreign secretary - thinks taking the knee is from game of thrones. pic.twitter.com/Xl3g5Me0JP— James Felton (@JimMFelton) June 18, 2020
Dominic Raab once confused me for a different asian man so nothing he has to say about race will ever surprise me. https://t.co/7XL0lzrL9P— Nish Kumar (@MrNishKumar) June 18, 2020
Dominic Raab calls #TakeTheKnee a 'thing' from Game of Thrones! Says it's not about liberation and emancipation!— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) June 18, 2020
God give me strength!
What an utterly white privileged waste of space! This is why #BlackLivesMatter &end the institutional racism #BorisJohnson Govt represents. https://t.co/i3Nt9wHYQM
not sure what the high point of this Dominic Raab carcrash is:— end of daves ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@davemacladd) June 18, 2020
- calling GoT "the Game of Thrones"
- making up a story about his own marriage proposal
- whitesplaining BLM
- making up his own theory as to why protestors take a knee
- just being a nob
Dominic Raab could learn from this courage. pic.twitter.com/jEszTmnuLk— Sarah Hurst (@Life_Disrupted) June 18, 2020
I can only assume that the person tasked with briefing Dominic Raab utterly despises him.— Graham Lithgow (@grahamlithgow) June 18, 2020
Which is understandable.pic.twitter.com/miiDqP8TMV
Appalling that @DominicRaab is so out of touch. Thinks #TakeTheKnee is from Game of Thrones. Someone needs to tell him… @OfficialMLK3 ?— The View Magazine (@rebell_justice) June 18, 2020
Racism thrives because children are not taught about race and comparative histories #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/c5tEqaqwGC
Oh FFS - man who didn't realise the importance of the Dover-Calais trade route, thinks taking the knee has origins in Game of Thrones - utter twat https://t.co/oBUAcl3NHc @DominicRaab @JuliaHB1 https://t.co/DnU7ADYp5j pic.twitter.com/a6nQ1fk0OD— Keith Randall 2020, the Bumpiest Ride in Bumpyland (@KeithRandall10) June 18, 2020
Dominic Raab is incapable of compassion or empathy, we saw it in the Harry Dunn case, and we're seeing it with these ridiculous Game of Thrones comments— 'Client Journalism' Expert (@PopulismExpert) June 18, 2020
Anywhooooo, Raab also voted for airstrikes on Syria, on Iraq, and for a no-fly zone in Libya, as well as for the military occupation of Afghanistan; he voted for the bedroom tax, against raising welfare, against supporting those with long-term illness or disability with welfare, against creating guaranteed jobs for young people who have long-term trouble finding a job, against raising income tax for high earners, against taxing bankers’ bonuses or banks in general, against a mansion tax, and he was for legislation that would clamp down even further on trade unions, for reducing capital gains tax and corporation tax, and for expanding private provision within the NHS. Quality stuff. Happy Thursday.
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