SputnikNews.com ———— by Max Gorbachev ———Tues., Aug.24, 2021
Taking the knee has been adopted as a gesture against racial discrimination in the US and around the world.
It originated from the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, who died in police custody in May 2020. During the arrest, a police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck and kept doing so even after Floyd told him he couldn’t breathe.
Laughter and awkwardness is something US President Joe Biden hoped to avoid during a meeting in the White House with a female basketball team.
Yet, this is what the Democrat leader ended up with when he spontaneously decided to take the knee while posing for a photo with Seattle Storm who recently won their fourth championship in the Women’s National Basketball.
The president was presented with the team’s Jersey, which featured the number 46 – a reference to his presidency – and his surname. People in the room started laughing as the president took the knee and held the jersey in front of him before putting it over his knee.