Leroy N. Soetoro
2020-07-03 20:41:58 UTC
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he won't be "bullied" into taking a
knee in support of racial-equality protests because "I don't believe in
The opposition Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, was pictured in June
taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Speaking on LBC radio on Friday morning, Johnson said he wouldn't do the
same because "I don't believe in gestures I believe in substance."
The UK prime minister added that he would not be "bullied" into taking
"I don't want people to be bullied into doing things they don't
necessarily want to do," he told LBC's Nick Ferrari.
Taking a knee became associated with the worldwide protests following
George Floyd's killing at least in part because it was how the NFL
quarterback Colin Kaepernick silently protested police brutality and
racial inequality before NFL games in the 2016 season.
Johnson also said it was wrong for some police officers to have taken a
knee during recent protests, however, adding that they had felt pressured
The prime minister was also pushed on the fact that he had not appointed
any Black people to his Cabinet. The sole Black member of Johnson's senior
team was removed after last year's general election.
Johnson replied that "I put my hands up" on the issue and promised to do
more to form a representative government in the future.
Watch Boris Johnson refuse to take a knee:
When asked whether he would take the knee, Boris Johnson said "I don't
believe in gestures. I believe in substance."
He adds there "are injustices we need to rectify" but "I don't want people
to be bullied into doing things they don't want to do"
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