Piers Morgan has urged those who flew a ‘White Lives Matter’ banner over the Manchester City Vs Burnley football match on Monday to better educate themselves on the fight against systemic racism.
A sign declaring ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ was flown over Etihad Stadium in Manchester shortly after kick-off, where both teams took the knee in honour of the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, Piers also hit back at those who decided to fund and fly the banner, stating they were ‘part of the problem’ and urging people to educate themselves.
‘Already our GMB iPad here with viewers comments lighting up,’ he later said. ‘”Sorry white lives do matter, white lives matter too. Why do white lives not matter?”
‘Honestly if that’s the way you think, you are ignorant, and you need to find out what it means, why Black Lives Matter has become a hashtag, what it’s about.
‘If you honestly think your response should be “white lives matter”, you don’t get it. You just don’t get it. So you need to find out.’
‘Educate yourself, you’re part of the problem,’ Piers continued. ‘You’re exactly what they’re talking about, the protesters.
‘When they protest about people just not being aware, this is what they mean. If your gut reaction is “white lives matter” That’s the problem, right there.
‘So be better, educate yourselves. It’s not hard, just find out.
‘What about Dominic Raab with his taking the knee, thinking it’s from Game of Thrones? Be better educated, then we may get somewhere.’
Piers joins a number of voices who have spoken out against the stunt, including Burnley captain Ben Mee, who said he was ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ by those who did it.
He said in a post-match interview: ‘They’ve completely missed the point.
‘[There’s a] Group of lads in there are embarrassed to see that. It’s not what we’re about at all.’
Mee later added: ‘The club tried to stop it. I’ve heard it’s a small number of people that arranged this and I hope it doesn’t happen again.
‘I’m ashamed and upset that it’s associated with my club. It’s not something we want to see in this game.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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