Sport Wild's Dumba kneels for U.S. anthem following powerful speech
"End Racism": NHL starts playoffs with a political note
© Jason Franson / The Canadian Press / AP / dpa Matt Dumba (M) from Minnesota Wild is kneeling during the national anthem before the NHL restart. The North American professional ice hockey league NHL has started its extended playoffs in the fight against social injustice and racism.
defenseman became the first NHL player to kneel during the United States national anthem as an act of solidarity in the fight against racism.
Dumba delivered a moving speech ahead of Saturday's tilt between the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers and took a knee once the anthem began.
"During this pandemic, something unexpected but long overdue occurred. The world woke up to the existence of systematic racism, and how deeply rooted it is within our society," Dumba said.
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"Racism is a man-made creation, and all it does is deteriorate from our collective prosperity. Racism is everywhere, and we need to fight against it. On behalf of the NHL and the Hockey Diversity Alliance, we vow and promise to stand up for justice and fight for what is right."
.— Blackhawks Talk (@NBCSBlackhawks) spoke on behalf of the Hockey Diversity Alliance before Game 1.
Dumba then took a knee with Edmonton Oilers defensemanand Chicago Blackhawks netminder placing their hand on his shoulders.
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Dumba, along with current and former NHLers, Akim Aliu, , , Chris Stewart, and Joel Ward, created the Hockey Diversity Alliance in June to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey.
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The league released a video Saturday with a powerful message from members of the group along with other NHL players and athletes.
“We have the best game in the world, but we also have the game that’s got the most potential to grow.” -— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) |
Kanethe NHL earlier this week for saying the league "has made no effort to support its own Black players."
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That powerful protest calls attention to racism, particularly through police brutality. It is highly patriotic to work toward ending those shameful practices. Though some have distorted the underlying message, the protests have largely worked. In the years since Colin Kaepernick first kneeled, Americans have developed a heightened sensitivity to racism and police brutality. Of course, there are still many opponents of anthem kneeling. The demonstration causes a visceral reaction (which is also why it has been so effective).