OPINION | Wilfried Zaha’s refusal to kneel shows Black Lives Matter conversation still important

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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha stands prior to kick off in their Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on 13 March 2021. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha stands prior to kick off in their Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on 13 March 2021. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

As often happens with seminal moments that shape the course of history, there's a predictable lull, where the attention, drive, and interest plateaus and everyone slides back into old comforts.

Crystal Palace football star Wilfried Zaha becoming the first player to refuse to kneel since the English Premier League (EPL) paid homage to the global Black Lives Matter movement was a reminder that the conversation is still important and it's ongoing.

Zaha stood in the middle of the Selhurst Park pitch before kick-off in Palace's game against West Bromwich Albion last Saturday. The act itself would not have been unusual, but for the fact that everyone else at the ground took the knee.

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