Many people have wondered how it must appear to people of foreign lands to see Americans – the most privileged and blessed people on Earth – kneel during the anthem of the nation that bestowed upon them these many blessings.
We now know that at least a small percentage of these people actually feel a certain sympathy for the NFL kneelers.
As reported by the Independent:
German football team Hertha Berlin have shown solidarity with sports stars in the United States by ‘taking a knee’ ahead of their Bundesliga match against Schalke on Saturday.
Just before kick-off, the starting XI lined up and linked arms, before taking a knee in similar fashion to a number of NFL stars in recent weeks.
The club’s coaching staff and substitutes also took a knee along the touchline, to the cheers of the crowd.
The team has this to say about their action on Twitter:
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) October 14, 2017
However, although it is being reported as an act “in solidarity” with U.S. football players, one wonders how much the recent German election, during which Angela Merkel’s friendly stance towards refugees became such a focal point, had to do with this call for ‘open-mindedness’.
Hertha Berlin’s demonstration has thus far received a mixed reaction on Twitter:
— Wael Abdul-Shafi (@waelashafi) October 14, 2017
Bandwagon much? 😴 https://t.co/ri4BjIexeB
— JN (@JNorman_FFC) October 14, 2017
However, judging from the tweets, such as the following one from a Hertha Berlin employee, the team and those associated with it are as nauseatingly self-congratulatory for the “great courage” they are displaying by being – gasp – against racism and not standing for a few seconds:
— Paul Keuter (@paulkeuter) October 14, 2017
One would think they were emulating Jesus Christ carrying a cross through Golgotha toward His crucifixion.
Of course, there is no German flag displayed before the soccer match, nor is there a German national anthem played.
So one wonders if had the reverse been true, whether this soccer team’s action, or the crowd’s reaction to it, would have been the same.