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Category: Black Lives Matter movement

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Lewis Hamilton: ‘Everything I’d suppressed came up – I had to speak out’

He’s the most successful driver Formula One has ever seen, and its only Black star. Now Lewis Hamilton has a new mission: to change the sport that made him.As Lewis Hamilton rose through the ranks of competitive go-karting, his father, Anthony, told hi…

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Boos drowned out by applause as England players take knee at Wembley

Minority of England fans jeer anti-racism gestureFA had urged fans not to boo before Euro 2020 openerBoos were drowned out by applause as England took the knee before their opening Euro 2020 fixture against Croatia.After a week of public debate and a f…

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Michael Holding critical of England’s ‘moment of unity’ Test gesture

Former West Indies bowler likens it to ‘all lives matter’Holding praises Gareth Southgate and England footballersEngland’s pre-match “moment of unity” has drawn scorn from Michael Holding, who believes the gesture is akin to saying “all lives matter” a…

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Now is the time for football fans to cheer when players take the knee

After some England supporters booed the anti-racism action this is an important moment for white peopleIt was at the League One play-off final on Sunday when I experienced it for myself. We were getting ready for the game, going through the now familia…

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Now is the time for football fans to cheer when players take the knee

After some England supporters booed the anti-racism action this is an important moment for white peopleIt was at the League One play-off final on Sunday when I experienced it for myself. We were getting ready for the game, going through the now familia…

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Now is the time for football fans to cheer when players take the knee

After some England supporters booed the anti-racism action this is an important moment for white peopleIt was at the League One play-off final on Sunday when I experienced it for myself. We were getting ready for the game, going through the now familia…

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Asher-Smith warns Diamond League rivals she is ‘much, much stronger’

World 200m champion credits gruelling winter trainingFraser-Pryce and Richardson also line up in 100mDina Asher-Smith has warned her rivals that she is stronger than ever as she prepares to face the twin threat of the 100m world champion, Shelly-Ann Fr…

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Adam Gemili ‘would take a knee’ in Tokyo and warns IOC over protest ban

British sprinter critical of Olympic podium protest regulations‘If they ban an athlete for protesting, all hell will break loose’Adam Gemili has vowed to take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter if he wins an Olympic medal in Tokyo – and warned the…

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How rugby star Maro Itoje found his voice: ‘For black people, the road is often trickier’

From highlighting black history to tackling everyday racism, the powerful athlete is determined to use his platform for changeJust under a year ago, Maro Itoje popped into his local branch of Waitrose to do some shopping. Despite being one of this coun…

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Wisden accuses English cricket of ‘raising a finger’ to BLM in 2021 edition

ECB ‘lost its nerve’ in stopping taking a knee, says editorDarren Stevens and Jason Holder among cricketers of the yearWere England’s cricketers too hasty in their decision to stop taking a knee last summer? It is a charge laid down by this year’s Wisd…

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Roy Hodgson ‘fully respects’ Wilfried Zaha’s decision not to take the knee – video

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has backed Wilfried Zaha’s decision not to kneel before Premier League games. The winger stood before Saturday’s win over West Brom, an action he hopes will highlight that more needs to be done to fight racism.In…

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Wilfried Zaha declares he will stop taking a knee and instead ‘stand tall’

Crystal Palace forward says ‘these things are not working’‘Unless action is going to happen I don’t want to hear about it’Wilfried Zaha has become the first Premier League footballer to say he will not take a knee because he believes the protest is no …

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‘We see two different USAs’: NBA players and coaches on Capitol riot – video

NBA coaches and players have responded to the storming of the US Capitol by Donald Trump supports on 6 January. Some pointed out the contrast between the police response to this and the heavy policing of Black Lives Matter protesters last year. ‘There’…

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The most notable US athletes of 2020: No 4 – Breanna Stewart, the unstoppable ally

A gruesome injury couldn’t stop basketball’s most dominant force from adding to her trophy cabinet, but it was her allyship in the memory of Breonna Taylor that made a bigger impactThere’s a unique joy in watching Breanna Stewart go about her work. The…

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The most notable US athletes of 2020: No 4 – Breanna Stewart, the unstoppable ally

A gruesome injury couldn’t stop basketball’s most dominant force from adding to her trophy cabinet, but it was her allyship in the memory of Breonna Taylor that made a bigger impactThere’s a unique joy in watching Breanna Stewart go about her work. The…

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The most notable US athletes of 2020: No 4 – Breanna Stewart, the unstoppable ally

A gruesome injury couldn’t stop basketball’s most dominant force from adding to her trophy cabinet, but it was her allyship in the memory of Breonna Taylor that made a bigger impactThere’s a unique joy in watching Breanna Stewart go about her work. The…

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The most notable US athletes of 2020: No 4 – Breanna Stewart, the unstoppable ally

A gruesome injury couldn’t stop basketball’s most dominant force from adding to her trophy cabinet, but it was her allyship in the memory of Breonna Taylor that made a bigger impactThere’s a unique joy in watching Breanna Stewart go about her work. The…

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The most notable US athletes of 2020: No 4 – Breanna Stewart, the unstoppable ally

A gruesome injury couldn’t stop basketball’s most dominant force from adding to her trophy cabinet, but it was her allyship in the memory of Breonna Taylor that made a bigger impactThere’s a unique joy in watching Breanna Stewart go about her work. The…

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Anthony Joshua will not take knee but announces black British culture project

‘Taking a knee is important but I’m doing something different’Joshua will not kneel in ring before Kubrat Pulev title fightAnthony Joshua has confirmed he will not take the knee in the ring before he defends his world heavyweight titles against Kubrat …

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By stopping players taking the knee, Millwall have handed racists a victory

Those who booed the race equality protest should not be pandered to, especially since the club have such a history of bigotryIn researching my book about the history of racism in football, a question I asked every player I spoke to was, “where were the…