While she will still represent the U.S. in their effort to win another World Cup, Rapinoe announced herself a “walking protest” she believes the Trump administration doesn’t “value all American equally.”
“I feel like it’s kind of defiance in and of itself to time be who I am and wear the t-shirt, and represent it, ” Rapinoe told the website. “Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not. So it’s kind of a good’ F you’ to any sort of inequality or bad sentimentalities that the administration might have towards people who don’t look accurately like him. Which, God help us if we all was like him. Scary. Really scary. Ahh, disturbing.”
Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before her coincide against the Chicago Red Stars in 2016. She announced her act a “little nod” to Kaepernick and “everything that he’s stranding for right now.”
She recalled to Yahoo Sports that the whole controversy “wasn’t super easy for me.”
“I think that was a really good lesson for me: This is what it’s going to take for things to change , norms to change, agreements to change, to try to break down white supremacy and break down racial bias, ” she said. “It’s going to take it being hard-bitten. For everyone . … That truly reverberated with me.”
Rapinoe will extend the U.S. in its first group-stage match against Thailand on June 11. The U.S. will then represent Chile on June 16 and Sweden on June 20.