The hot topic nowadays somehow became-should the Croatian national team kneel before the European Football Championship game. Of course, kneeling on one knee is a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the black life issue movement, which was produced in response to the killing of blacks by the American police.
The Croatian Football Association resolved this dilemma today and announced that our national team will not kneel in the UEFA Champions League starting tomorrow.
HNS explained in a statement that prior to the recent friendly match with Belgium, the Croatian national team “co-opted not to kneel before the game with Belgium. They respected the kneeling of their Belgian colleagues with a calm attitude.”
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“The Croatian Football Association respects the position of the Croatian national team and will not impose the obligation to kneel. This is not a symbol of opposition to racism or discrimination in the context of Croatian culture and tradition,” HNS said, noting that “the members of the Croatian national team have stated that “They will not discriminate based on social, racial, religious, ethnic or other characteristics. This is the value promoted by the Croatian Football Association.”
Ironically, it can be said that the national team did not really show in promoting tolerance. For example, the singer Thompson was invited. Many songs were full of pro-Ustasha connotations. They sang at the reception in Zagreb at the end of the 2018 World Cup. Later, Simunic picked up the microphone after Maximil’s game against Iceland in 2013, and shouted the greetings of old Ustasha with his full lungs, “Ready to go home”. Or in countless cases, players and coaches as well as TV commentators were silent because they shouted “inappropriate shouts” in the stadium, as the famous euphemisms have already been read.And huge swastika Painted on Poljud’s lawn before the 2015 game with Italy, somehow it was forgotten, and no unknown perpetrators were caught and punished.
Is our national team hypocritical? Is she dishonest when she says that she “has always condemned all forms of racism and discrimination everywhere” but refuses to kneel down to respect and support the United States and the global struggle against racism? Especially when we know that the racism of fans against black players still exists in stadiums throughout Europe?
The answer to this question is not simple, but in the opinion of the author of these lines, it still says-no. But to explain it, we need to start from the beginning.
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It is not because of slavery, lynching, and segregation of blacks that this was abolished in the United States in the middle of the last century, because we still don’t have that much space. Not even police killings and atrocities against African Americans, because this is also a long-term and complicated phenomenon, and we have written a lot about it. However, the data does not give a clear and unambiguous answer to whether the American police are more likely to pull the trigger when they are black in front of him than when they are white.
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Let’s start with the first athlete to kneel on one knee while playing the national anthem. When the black American football player Colin Kaepernick first participated in the 2016 NFL game, his behavior was an act of contempt and rebellion. In the national anthem, everyone stood still, which is more sacred in America than here, and he knelt down. His message was, as he himself said, “He doesn’t want to stand up and show respect for the flag and national anthem of countries that oppress blacks and people of other colors.” A policeman kills the black and then “gets paid vacation and escapes murder.” s country.
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Some black colleagues joined him, and their protests aroused the anger of the club owner, many spectators, American nationalists, and even then President Donald Trump. They demanded “remove the bastard from the court.” . Kaepernick soon lost his contract and the club. He made this sacrifice for the ideal he believed in.