Brown, who also plays for the Wild and recently penned an op-ed detailing his experiences with racism, raised his fist during the “Star Spangled Banner” in 2017 to protest against racism and police brutality.
“Proud to call Matt Dumba a friend,” Brown tweeted on Sunday night. “Keep being a leader.”
Learning how to make history and change the world is no easy feat. In hindsight, Dumba wished that when he kneeled for the American anthem, he had done so for the Canadian anthem, too, because racism is not exclusively an American problem. It exists everywhere, and must be denounced everywhere, too.
“I think my biggest regret is not doing it for the Canadian national anthem as well because there needs to be a lot of light that has to be shed on what it happening in Canada and the oppression First Nations people have felt here for hundreds of years,” Dumba said. “I have First Nations and Aboriginal families that have lived it and I was disappointed looking back on it.”
The act of raising a fist during the anthem at sporting events dates back to 1968, when 200-meter sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised gloved fists on the medal stand for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the treatment of Black Americans. Not Canadians, of German-Filipino descent.
Players across all sports have used their leagues’ restarts to ensure social justice remains at the forefront of conversations even as wins and losses are discussed. Except many Formula One drivers. Have I mentioned I love Formula One?
During Major League Baseball’s first games of its pandemic-delayed season, several players took a knee during the national anthem. Reese McGuire just masturbated in the Blue Jays dug out. In the NBA, players have knelt, too — including the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers, who became the first teams to kneel during the Canadian national anthem on Saturday.