"Megan Rapinoe isn’t asking for permission or forgiveness. She’s asking for people to listen"

Been thinking a lot about what it means to act as an ally. It starts with getting comfortable being uncomfortable.

From the article “Megan Rapinoe isn’t asking for permission or forgiveness. She’s asking for people to listen” from ThinkProgress:

“Back in 2016, when she took a knee during the national anthem, she said she believed in amplifying Kaepernick’s message against systemic racism and police brutality. She said that as a lesbian, she understood what it felt like to pledge allegiance to a flag that didn’t protect your personal rights.

During an injury, she was benched until US Soccer enacted new rules that forced players to stand during the national anthem.

“It wasn’t easy for me,” Rapinoe told Yahoo Sports. “But it shouldn’t be. Whenever you’re trying to be an ally, and it’s super easy and comfortable for you, you’re not an ally … I think that was a really good lesson for me: This is what it’s going to take for things to change, norms to change, conventions to change, to try to break down white supremacy and break down racial bias. It’s going to take it being hard. For everyone … That really resonated with me.””

Read the entire article: “Megan Rapinoe isn’t asking for permission or forgiveness. She’s asking for people to listen” from ThinkProgress.

Rebecca Weaver