New Delhi: West Indies team will continue the anti-racist movement by sitting on one knee on the field in the Test series against South Africa starting on Thursday. The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement was launched in America after the death of George Floyd, a citizen of African descent, at the hands of a white police officer.
West Indies team came out against racism
Seeing this movement reached even on the field of sports. West Indies were one of the first teams whose players supported it on one knee. Former West Indies captain Jason Holder has supported the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement from the beginning. He says that the anti-racism movement should not be limited to only symbolic support, but it should have some meaning.
The whole team of West Indies took this big step
Holder told Cricinfo, ‘I had some discussion about this and I think some people think that this is an ineffective action to be done before matches. I want to see some new initiatives to revive this movement. Holder said, ‘I don’t want people to just think that they are kneeling for ‘Black Lives Matter’ because this is the tradition, this is the practice. It must have some meaning. Maybe, there is something we can do as a group. Maybe a video and a video message, just to reiterate what the movement is.
Will protest by sitting on one knee
South Africa, on the other hand, chose to wear a black bandage and raise a fist instead of kneeling on one knee to protest racism. South Africa captain Dean Elgar has said that he is leaving it to his players how they want to oppose it.