Weston McKennie showed his support against police brutality by writing on the armband of his captain over the weekend. He says he will continue to pay tribute to other victims and George Floyd on police brutality against black people after he.
White police officer Derek Chauvin killed Floyd, who knelt for several minutes on his neck amid Floyd’s pleas for help.
Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder, but the latest police brutality incident has sparked demonstrations all over the world.
Minneapolis, where the incident took place, was the site of protests that turned violent at times, while nearly every major city around the US saw some sort of protest in the wake of Floyd ‘s killing.
McKennie, a regular for the U.S. National Men’s Team, wrote “Justice for George Floyd” on his captain’s bracelet in Schalke’s 1-0 defeat to Werder Bremen, saying his support is not going to end there.
“I felt it was my responsibility and my duty, especially as an American, and with the situation in America going on. And I thought it was the best and most comprehensive forum I could use to spread knowledge. Some people may not agree with it, of course, but that’s their opinion, and for me, I thought it was my duty and my obligation to go out and bring justice and George Floyd. This is an issue that has gone on way too long,” McKennie told Forbes.
He also revealed that his brother met a racist barbershop once, who told him that ‘here we don’t cut hair n*.’
McKennie also added that before wearing the bracelet he did not talk to the club, saying he ought to have it, although the American star added that the referee had told him to remove the bracelet during the match.