Megan Rapinoe says she is proud to use her platform to speak out on political issues, and has urged more privileged white athletes to do the same
12th November 2020

  • Megan Rapinoe says she is proud to use her platform to speak out about political issues for those who can't and has urged more "privileged" white athletes to do the same.
  • Rapinoe first took the knee in 2016 to show support for Colin Kaepernick's protest against racial injustice, and has since continued to either kneel or stand silent during the national anthem.
  • "I'm proud of it, to be honest. I'm proud of speaking my mind and doing the right thing. I feel this is how change is made," Rapinoe told BBC Sport.
  • "White athletes, particularly male athletes, don't feel the effects that other people do; they don't feel the effects of racism, sexism, misogyny or pay inequity," she added. ""We don't speak out because we are privileged and we don't have to."
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Megan Rapinoe says she is proud to use her platform to speak out about political issues for those who can't and has urged more "privileged" white athletes to do the same.

The 35-year-old USWNT star sparked outrage in September 2016 when she took a knee during the American national anthem to show support for Colin Kaepernick's protest against racial injustice. 

In her autobiography, One Life, Rapinoe said she was "called every name under the sun" for the protest, however despite the outrage, has since continued to either kneel or stand silent during the anthem.

"I'm proud of it, to be honest. I'm proud of speaking my mind and doing the right thing. I feel this is how change is made," the two-time World Cup winner told BBC Sport when asked about taking a knee.

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