Nottingham Forest star Lyle Taylor has launched a scathing attack on the radical Black Lives Matter organisation and explained to local reporters why he refuses to ‘take the knee’ before matches.
Taylor made the comments in a post-match interview with BBC Radio Nottingham following his side’s 1-0 FA Cup victory against Cardiff on Saturday.
“My support for what it is that we’re trying to achieve is absolute, but I do not support Black Lives Matter as an institution or organisation”, Taylor told reporters.
“I would request anyone looks into Black Lives Matter to look into what that organisation does and what they stand for because it’s scandalous that the world and the world’s media has got behind Black Lives Matter.
“Not the message,” Taylor emphasised: “Of course black lives matter. Standing behind Black Lives Matter and all the institutions that have done that – the BBC, Sky, all of them saying Black Lives Matter, it’s not a good idea because of what the organisation stands for.”
Footballers across the Premier League and Football League have been ‘taking the knee’ as an anti-racism action since football restarted last June. Teams have continued to take the knee this season, but it has not been without incident.
Fans of Cambridge United, Colchester United, Swansea City and most notably Millwall have booed the action of taking the knee, during the brief period in which a small number of fans were allowed to attend games.
The Millwall Supporters’ Club released a statement which explained that fans were protesting over the “extreme political views” of the Black Lives Matter organisation.
The Forest striker also used Saturday’s interview to speak out against political correctness, suggesting that society had now become too easily offended.
“You have some people saying you can’t say black. You can’t say mixed race because it’s now dual heritage. No, no. I’m mixed race. My mum is white and my dad is black.
“He’s black, not ‘coloured’. My mum is white not, I don’t know, beige. The problem is the words we use and which words we can use. We get told ‘You can’t say certain words so often’. I don’t want to be called dual heritage.
“Are we going the same way as people choosing their pronouns, saying I don’t want to be called he or him, I want to be it or they or them?
“Are we maybe missing the point? I wouldn’t disagree. Maybe we’re a bit too politically correct where people are hanging on you making a mistake.
“If you say a word in an interview, you are waiting for someone to be offended. That’s the issue. Everyone wants you to be offended, especially us in the public eye, or you writing these pieces, people want to be able to say ‘Oh, I’m outraged now’.”