Unlike their counterparts in other sports, NHL players have chosen not to kneel in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on their return to the ice this week.
Some hockey fans respond to social media with photos of themselves kneeling at home after NHL players received support from Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump. They used the hashtag # Kneel4Hockey to express their perspective.
There have been protests against police brutality and racial inequality in the United States in recent months, after George Floyd died while in custody in Minneapolis. While NHL players didn’t kneel, some did bandage arms during the national anthem.
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Here is a collection of Twitter messages from kneeling hockey fans:
I kneel because every time I walk into an arena like a weird black woman I know I take a risk. Because I never feel safe wearing a sweater in public without being attacked. Because black women and men face racism every day in this sport. Let’s change the culture. # Kneel4Hockey pic.twitter.com/bWpyq5wfcj
– Karissa Kosman ➡️ BLM (@ k2_cosplay) July 31, 2020