Black Lives Matter: Where does ‘taking a knee’ come from?

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Where does taking a knee as a form of protest come from? NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the US national anthem to protest against police brutality and racism in a pre-season game on 26 August 2016. After discussing his motivations with Nate Boyer, a military veteran and former NFL player, Kaepernick switched from sitting to kneeling on one knee on 1 September 2016, generating national media attention.