The original message has been distorted into an anti trump protest. Think the people who started knelling after the the President further inflamed and in turn publicized the issue are weak willed individuals who got swept up in a popular resistance movement against a almost universally disliked President.
Hertha Berlin players weren’t interesting in taking a knee when the original protest started over a year ago or when the fatal shooting incidents, which motivated the protest initally, happened. It’s PR pure and simple that doesn’t really do anything or anybody
Not sure why Germans generally feel the need to show how Liberal and progressive they are, it’s probably motivated by some kind post WW2 guilt