The anti-racist cricket movement needs more than players who take a knee before matches to have any meaning and substance, West India believes Jason Holder.
Almost a year ago, the West Indies became one of the first two international teams to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter, a movement that gained momentum after the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer last year.
“I’ve had a few discussions on the issue and I feel like some people think it’s a diluted action taken before the games. I’d like to see some new initiative to spark the movement again,” Holder .com said.
“I don’t want people to just think we’re taking the knee, because Black Lives Matter, that’s the tradition and that’s the norm. There has to be some essence, there has to be some meaning behind it.”
“I would like to see a few more accents, a more thought-provoking process that actually sparks or re-engages the movement so that it can actually contain some substance,” he added.
The former West Indian captain called on athletes to do more for the anti-racism movement as he spoke before his series against South Africa. What Holder wants can be achieved through greater awareness and action, he felt.
As they did in all the series they played last year after Floyd’s death, the West Indies will certainly take a knee at the start of each of the two tests against South Africa.
Holder said their team could raise more this year to boost traffic.
“Maybe it’s something we can do as a group. Maybe a video collage and a video message just to repeat what the movement is and what it’s about,” he said.
Deviating from the past, South Africa will also join the movement as a group this time, although they have allowed individual players to make their own gestures.
“It was quite a journey for our country on this subject,” Dean Elgar, Said the new captain of the test of South Africa. “Yesterday we had a cricket match in the West Indies – me, Craig Braithwaite and the two team managers. We gave the players the right to perform whatever action or gesture they want.
“If the players feel comfortable taking a knee, they can. If the player wants to make the previous gesture we had by raising his right fist, they have the right to do so. If they are still not comfortable, they should be careful.” so that we can respect the campaign. “
Anti-racism has once again been the subject of discussions in the world of cricket following recent events in England, where Olli Robinson was removed for historic racist tweets and several other players also under investigation for old publications.