The USWNT wore 'Black Lives Matter' on uniforms in a statement to 'affirm human decency'

As the United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) geared up to face the Netherlands in a friendly on Friday, their anthem jackets were emboldened with a message: ブラック・ライヴズ・マター.

“私たちは人間の品位を確認するためにブラック・ライヴズ・マターを着用しています,” チームのメンバーは、ゲームの前にソーシャルメディアに投稿された声明の中で述べました. “私たちは人種的不公正と黒人に対する警察の残虐行為に抗議します. 私たちは、黒人と褐色人が夢を実現するための平等な機会を提供しない人種差別的なインフラストラクチャに抗議します, このチームでプレーすることを含みます。”
In a separate tweet, posted on the USWNT’s official Twitter account, the team said the decision wasnot political, it’s a statement on human rights.
Multiple members of the team also took a knee during the National Anthem ahead of the game, a rematch of last year’s Women’s World Cup Final which USWNT won 2-0.
    It was the team’s first in 261 日々.
    Though individual players have been outspoken about social justice in the pastmost notably Megan Rapinoe, who was one of the first athletes to take a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick’s police brutality protest in 2016 — the US Soccer Federation hasn’t always been on their side.
    例えば, when Rapinoe took the knee in 2016 during the National Anthem, US Soccer immediately passed a policy banning players from kneeling during the anthem. That policy was only just repealed this summer, in the midst of mass protests following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd.
    Throughout the summer, many teams and leagues in the US have shown support for the movement with symbols. Both the NBA and the WNBA wore messages on their jerseys for every game, and the WNBA went out of their way to dedicate their season to Breonna Taylor.
      And earlier this month, the United States men’s national soccer team stepped out with messages likeWorld Peace” そして “Unityon their anthem jackets.
      This isn’t the first time the USWNT as a team have issued powerful displays for justice. 今年の初め — after US Soccer claimed it wouldn’t pay the women’s team equally, reasoning that being a male player requires more skill and responsibilitythe USWNT wore their warm-up jerseys inside out, hiding the US Soccer crest.


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