The ‘Black Lives matter’ movement has been in the news these days. A lot of players from West Indies and South Africa have come in support of this.
A couple of days back fast bowler Lungi Ngidi got some support for the same from 30 cricketers including Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander, Ashwell Prince, Paul Adams, JP Duminy, Charl Langeveldt, Herschelle Gibbs, Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla.
However, he was also criticised by former players Boeta Dippenaar and Pat Symcox for his stance.
But now the South African quick-bowler has got support from Faf du Plessis. “In the last couple of months I have realised that we must choose our battles. We are surrounded by many injustices in our country that require urgent attention and action to fix them,” the 36-year-old du Plessis posted on Instagram.
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In the last couple of months I have realized that we must choose our battles. We are surrounded by many injustices in our country that require urgent attention and action to fix them. If we wait only for the ones that attack us personally, we will always live for “my way vs your way” and that way leads us nowhere. So I’ve remained silent, with the intent to listen, but not respond. Slowing down my point of view, but quicker to hear the pain of someone else. I knew that words would be lacking and that my understanding is not close to where it needs to be. I surrender my opinions and take the knee as an intercessor. I acknowledge that South Africa is still hugely divided by racism and it is my personal responsibility to do my best to emphasize, hear the stories, learn and then be part of the solution with my thoughts, words and actions I have gotten it wrong before. Good intentions were failed by a lack of perspective when I said on a platform that – I don’t see colour. In my ignorance I silenced the struggles of others by placing my own view on it. A race problem is a human race problem, if one part of the body hurts ,we all stop, we empathize, we get perspective, we learn and then we tend to the hurting part of the body. So I am saying that all lives don’t matter UNTIL black lives matter. I’m speaking up now, because if I wait to be perfect, I never will. I want to leave a legacy of empathy. The work needs to continue for the change to come and whether we agree or disagree, conversation is the vehicle for change.
The brutal incident of killing a black guy in US had made headlines earlier and gained the attention of the cricketers especially from the West Indies and South Africa. Former Windies skipper Darren Sammy was pretty vocal about the problem of racism.
Earlier, West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy had urged the ICC and the entire cricket fraternity to raise their voice against Racism across the world, or else be ready to be considered “a part of the problem.”
Sammy pointed out that Racism is not limited to America, but blacks all over the world have to deal with this social evil on a regular basis.