Jason Holder highlights Anti-Racism Movement in Cricket
In order for the anti-racism movement in cricket to have some significance and substance, West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder believes that more than just players taking a knee before matches is required.
West Indies Takes Knee Support Of Black Lives Matter
West Indies became one of the first two international teams to take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter almost a year ago, a campaign that gained traction when African-American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer last year.
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“I had a few discussions about it and I feel as though some people feel it’s now a watered-down action taken before the games. I would like to see some new initiative to spark the movement again,” Holder
“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. It has to have some substance, it has to have some meaning behind it.”
“I would like to see some more emphasis, some more thought process going into actually re-sparking or re-engaging the movement so it can actually hold some substance,” he added.
Both teams met in Thursday to discuss how they would recognise the anti-racism movement after the West Indies knelt to show support.
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Support Anti-Racism Efforts
Speaking before of their series against South Africa, the former West Indies captain asked players to do more to support anti-racism efforts.
“Maybe, that’s something we can do as a group. Maybe, a video collage and a video message, just to reiterate what the movement stands for and what it’s all about,” he said.
South Africa Will Join The Movement As A Whole
South Africa will join the movement as a whole this time, despite allowing individual players to make their own gestures previously.
“It’s been quite a journey for our side with regards to this topic,” Dean Elgar, South Africa’s new Test captain said.
“We had a meeting with West Indies cricket yesterday – myself, Kraigg Braithwaite and the two team managers.
“We have given the players their right to perform whichever act or gesture they want.
“If players are comfortable with taking a knee, they may. If a player wants to do the previous gesture that we had, of raising your right fist, they are entitled to do that.
“If they aren’t comfortable just yet, they’ve got to stand to attention so we can respect the campaign,” Elgar added.