The United States women’s national soccer team chose to stand for the national anthem on Sunday. According to defender Crystal Dunn, that decision was made because players are “past the protesting phase” of fighting social injustice.
Instead, Dunn says she and her teammates will look to put all of the talk into actual work.
“Even though we are choosing to stand, it doesn’t mean that the conversations go away, or they stop,” Dunn said following a 2-0 win against Brazil. “It’s all to say that we are now, I think, ready to move past the protesting phase and actually move into putting all of the talk into actual work.”
During the previous match against Canada, some players knelt while others chose to stand. But it looks like the team will move forward without the kneeling, which many believe should’ve been the approach all along.
Granted, I thought the argument that’s been made for some time now is that kneeling was putting in the work. That apparently isn’t the case, according to Dunn. Interesting.
This is also quite the development considering the same team demanded back in June that US Soccer apologize to the black players for banning kneeling during the national anthem. They got what they wanted and are now done with the approach less than eight months later.
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