Some general housekeeping before we deal in facts will be helpful here. Racism has no place in football and to the best of my knowledge, the Kick It Out had been fighting a good fight against the morons that occasionally lose their minds either in stadiums or online.
The death of George Floyd in the United States was undoubtedly a catalyst for protest around the world and police violence against African-Americans is a subject that appears to have been around forever.
Now, the Premier League finds itself in an unenviable position of wanting to do the right thing, whilst not finding itself hijacked by an organization with less than honourable intentions.
Initially, Players took to the field with Black Lives Matter t-shirts, bibs, and armbands to show solidarity towards the quest for equality.
In December 2020, Harry Kane told the BBC that players ought to continue kneeling in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, not everyone in English football was comfortable with the association, in the previous July Jamie Redknapp, Patrice Evra and Matt Le Tissier all refused to wear the BLM badges on Sky Sports Broadcasts.
I share the pundits’ view, as whilst Black Lives Matter wants to end racial injustice and police brutality – which are obviously good things – they also wanted to abolish the police and capitalism and have pledged support for Palestine amid Israel’s plans to annex the West Bank.
Two days ago, Black Lives Matter Tweeted the following video which, makes the case for the abolitions above very clear.
When we say #DefundThePolice, we mean abolition—we’re not just talking about what we get rid of. It’s also what we create and envision in its place. Radical imagination.— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) February 23, 2021
Listen to our ED @osopepatrisse breakdown what abolition means to our movement.https://t.co/SQ32FeVb11
If one visits the UK’s Black Lives Matter website, gems such as the scrapping anti-gangs programmes in schools, an end to prison and police expansion, an end to the gangs’ databases, gang injunctions, an end to police surveillance and data-collection technologies (e.g. facial recognition and digital comms monitoring) can be found.
It is somewhat incongruous that once fans return to football matches, that the police are in attendance at events that begin with a few moments dedicated to the promotion of a faction – that wants them abolished.
Hopefully, Dele Alli isn’t burgled again, but if he were to be, would he want his 999-call answered, or not?
Kick It Out were once and can again offer the awareness and action that is needed in order to tackle racism, and they really ought to be given the reigns to get their message across by English football chiefs.
As for kneeling, swapping one subjugation for another is not a progression to equality. No one ought to kneel unless of course, one is proposing marriage, or receiving a gong from Her Majesty.