Dominic Raab has said he would not take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, insisting he would only do so for "the Queen and the Mrs".
The Foreign Secretary described it as "symbol of subjugation and subordination", after football players performed the gesture when Premier League matches kicked off again on Wednesday night.
Mr Raab argued that to kneel is a "matter of personal choice" and suggested it had its origins in the TV show Game of Thrones.
三级成人视频He said: "I understand this sense of frustration and restlessness that is driving the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I've got to say, on this taking a knee thing, I don't know, maybe it's got a broader history but it seems to be taken from the Game of Thrones, [and] feels to me like a symbol of subjugation and subordination rather than one of liberation and emancipation.
"But I understand people feel differently about it, so it's a matter of personal choice."
Asked whether he would take part in the symbolic show of support, Mr Raab told TalkRadio: "I take the knee for two people – the Queen and the Mrs when I asked her to marry me."
Labour's shadow justice secretary, David Lammy, described the comments as "insulting" and "deeply embarrassing".
After mounting criticism, Mr Raab later said he had "full respect" for the Black Lives Matter movement, adding: "If people wish to take a knee, that's their choice and I respect it. We all need to come together to tackle any discrimination and social injustice."
Taking a knee became a widespread symbol of protest after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the US national anthem in 2016 to highlight racial inequality.
It has been adopted by the Black Lives Matter movement following worldwide protests after the killing of George Floyd.
On Wednesday night, footballers performed the gesture ahead of the first Premier League matches since March, when Aston Villa played Sheffield United and Manchester City took on Arsenal.
The Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, was photographed taking the knee in Parliament earlier this month alongside his deputy, Angela Rayner.
三级成人视频Sir Keir wrote on Twitter that the pair had kneeled to show their support to "all those opposing anti-Black racism".
Downing Street has so far resisted calls for Boris Johnson to follow suit.
Asked whether Mr Johnson would take a knee, the Prime Minister's press secretary said: "All I would say is that the PM's focus is on improving the lives and opportunities of BAME people as part of our levelling up agenda."