Hertha Berlin soccer players kneels before game in solidarity with National Football League players

Casey Dawson
October 16, 2017

Hertha Berlin players and coaching staff showed solidarity with black athletes in the United States by "taking a knee" before their match against Schalke on Saturday.

"Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility, ' a tweet from the club read. If we can provide them with some extra tutoring, that's a good thing", Hertha defender Sebastian Langkamp told German broadcaster Sky during the halftime break of the game.

"For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!" "Hertha BSC stands for diversity and against violence. For this reason we are joining the protest of American athletes and setting a sign against discrimination", the announcer said at Olympiastadion in Berlin, which was built for the 1936 Summer Olympics during a time when the Nazis ran Germany.

Ivory Coast forward forward Salomon Kalou said the entire team had been unanimous in supporting the decision to protest by taking a knee.

The move follows a series of similar protests by National Football League players against perceived racial injustice which have divided opinion in the United States.

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Last year, Colin Kaepernick started the movement, which has been harshly criticized by President Trump.

"We wanted to make a stand against racism", Hertha's captain, Per Skjelbred, said after the team's 2-0 defeat.

We've already seen support of Colin Kaepernick's protest in one form or another spread to the NFL, MLB and the National Hockey League, but now it's gone global.

The nation that just a few short decades ago slavishly supported a fascist who promised to rid the country of Jews and racial minorities is hardly in a position to take a knee to promote social justice.

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