Kneeling before the #BlackLivesMatter cult seems to be acquiring something of a “voluntary-compulsory” character in the West (a Soviet era oxymoron signifying something that is voluntary in theory, but compulsory in practice, if you know what’s good for you).
Sure, you don’t have to kneel.
But if you don’t kneel, you might draw the righteous ire of the mob – “become the focus of the protesters’ attention”, as the Herefordshire police in the UK recently advised its officers.
Refusing to take the knee may now also be a firing offense. The Russian manager of a Gucci store in Manhattan who refused to kneel at a corporate ceremony in honor of Saint Floyd was fired for her trouble the next day.
Still, Harry Potter-raised Westerners may do well to reflect that the guy who made the most famous “kneel or be knelt” demand in the fantasy genre, purportedly for a good cause, turned out to be the baddie.