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A German Soccer Team Took A Knee In Solidarity With NFL Players Protesting Racism In The US

"It's spreading."

Posted on October 14, 2017, at 1:23 p.m. ET

A German soccer team took a knee before their game on Saturday in a show of solidarity with NFL players in the US who've been kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forever…

This US protests, pioneered last year by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, was reignited last month when President Donald Trump called the kneeling players sons of bitches and said they should be fired for refusing to stand during the National Anthem.

But rather than quelling the protests, Trump's comments prompted dozens of players to take the knee or link arms in solidarity.

At Hertha Berlin's game on Saturday, both the team and the coaching staff kneeled.

"Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility! For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!" the team wrote on Twitter.

The team did not kneel during the German national anthem, as some reports said. The German national anthem is not traditionally played at German sporting events.

Michael Sohn / AP

Many people online praised Hertha Berlin for joining the protest.

Things just got even more interesting. A GERMAN football team took a knee. Love it!


"It's spreading," one person remarked.

it's spreading...

Though, some people criticized the team.

Fuck off with this and just play football 😂🙈

Struggling to find words for how wrong this is.

Still, many noted how significant the gesture was from Germany.

Here in Berlin, a city that has had to count the cost of intolerance, this means a lot. And everyone kneeled, coach…

When it takes Germans starting to #takeaknee for Americans to realise that it's not about flags or anthems.

The Germans. I said, the Germans.

Thank You Germany your citizens has learned from your past history. America hasn't. Thxs for the support.

"Love that this movement is spreading," one person said. "However, it's important not to forget why it began — racial injustice and police brutality."

love that this movement is spreading. however it’s important not to forget why it began-racial injustice and police…

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