20 June 2020

US soccer star Megan Rapinoe has said she wants to use her platform to create a society ‘equal for all’

US soccer captain Megan Rapinoe has said she wants to use her platform to create a society that is ‘equal for all’.

Rapinoe is famous for advocating racial equality, LGBTQ+ rights and women’s rights. She was speaking in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and said ‘anti-racism’ should be at the forefront of our actions.

She told ESPN: "I feel a deep responsibility just as a human being, but also as someone who has benefited greatly off social activism in many different ways, to always give that credit back.

"And to then do everything I can to balance out the system, because right now it's totally out of whack. 

“Everything we do now has to be with anti-racism in mind and rooting out racism everywhere so that we can get to a society that is equal for all and then everyone can flourish and then it's like -- fair game.”

Rapinoe took a knee in 2016 before a US soccer game in solidarity with National Football League star Colin Kaepernick. Both athletes were protesting racial inequality and police brutality.

Since his protest, Kaepernick has fallen out of favour in the NFL and it is only recently talk has begun about him returning to the sport after four years of being left out.

Rapinoe says his race is the reason he has not played and that she has a public voice due to her white privilege.

She added: "It's not just because I played well at the World Cup, and it's not just because I speak on social issues. I'm white -- that's the really big part of it.

"There's a reason Colin Kaepernick is not in the NFL right now and why he was blackballed in the way that he was. 

“I think everybody has a responsibility to do what they can in the most impactful way that they can.”

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