A lot of talk on racism has been happening all around. The United States of America saw a brutal act a few days back when a black man George Floyd in Minneapolis was killed by the police. In no time, the video went viral and gained a lot of criticism.
Since, the incident a number of cricketers and other sportsmen have come up and talked about racism. In the latest addition, South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has come in support of his teammate Lungi Ngidi.
Ngidi who backs the Black Lives Movement was criticised by former players like Pat Symcox, Boeta Dippenaar, Rudi Steyn, Brian McMillan, and others for thsi.
While Ngidi has been slammed for his support, he has also got the backing of around 30 South African cricketers including Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander, Ashwell Prince, Paul Adams, JP Duminy, Charl Langeveldt, and Herschelle Gibbs.
A part of Amla’s statement read “So why is Black Lives Matter relevant for us ?… because we are all black (to me anyway).”
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Waking up to 100s of messages on my whatsapp is a usual occurance especially with the introduction of whatsapp groups. Most of the time it's not serious stuff but I now know that being offline for a day(for whatever reason) can throw you into a storm unwittingly. Well… here's my (latest) weather report The Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign has relevance for everyone. Why? In the Islamic tradition it is understood that the first man, Adam (peace be upon him), was of dark skin henceforth all of humanity have deep roots to this proud heritage and should have zero qualms in being refered to as black. This make it even clearer for the person who believes in their black lineage that the imagined superiority of whites over blacks or blacks over whites, or one nationality over another, is simply delusional. Yes that's right- nothing but delusional. However many of us, including myself have bore the brunt of these delusions and have crazy stories to tell which is why it makes it even more admirable to see exceptional youngsters like @lungingidi doing his bit to represent us all. Thank you brother and all those who stand up for just causes in their own way-publically and privately. I speak for myself and those who share this belief that the end product of being racist is only self destruction and social change. There are oppressed people here in this country and the world over, of all colours and walks of life, cricket included. However the darker skinned people have had the worst of it. Some may convince themselves otherwise but you have to ask yourself – are those who know the same as those who dont know? Justice for all is the only true justice that will bring peace and anything else is sadly delusional. So why is Black Lives Matter relevant for us ?… because we are all black (to me anyway). I stand with all those who are oppressed. And I stand with @lungingidi (again). This pic is from his debut in January 2018. #bigmanbigsmile #istandwithlungi
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.
Star west Indian player and Sammy’s former team mate Chris Gayle also expressed solidarity with the campaign , alleging that he was subjected to “Racial remarks many times in his career, racism is not limited to football it’s in cricket too.”