South African cricket team wins pro-Black Lives Matter

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South African crickets continue their commitment to their Black Lives Matter movement before the first test in Centurion, Sri Lanka.

South African crickets continue their commitment to their Black Lives Matter movement before the first test in Centurion, Sri Lanka.

The South African cricket team went on to support the Black Lives Matter movement by raising their fists before the first test match against Sri Lanka.

Protesters faced criticism before deciding to skip the match against England in November. Global protests erupted in May after the death of American George Floyd.

An announcement was made in November that the club had unanimously decided not to kneel.

However, a new statement issued on the morning of the anti-Sri Lankan opening ceremony in Centurion marked a change in approach.

South Africa's Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla and Temba Bavuma raise their fists before their first test against Sri Lanka. South Africa's Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla and Temba Bavuma raise their fists before their first test against Sri Lanka.

South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla and Temba Bavuma raise their fists before their first test against Sri Lanka.

“As a Proteas group, we have repeatedly stated our strong support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign. This topic has been openly and repeatedly discussed with the media, and we work together,” the statement said.

“We will continue to maintain our journey and our position on this issue (November 25, players’ statement and press release).”

Against Sri Lanka. At the beginning of the test series, we decided to raise our fists in the test series through a deep democratization process as a movement to express our further commitments.

Colin Kaepernick knelt at the US National Anthem before the NFL Colin Kaepernick knelt at the US National Anthem before the NFL

Colin Kaepernick knelt at the US National Anthem before the NFL

Before the West Indies and the Summer Series, athletes competing in a variety of sports around the world, including the English cricket team, showed their support for the Black Lives Movement by kneeling in front of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick in a popular style.

Premier League players continued to make this gesture during the 2020-21 season, according to a survey by the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Given South Africa’s history of racism, South Africa’s position on the issue is likely to face a broader scrutiny.

Proteas continue to operate on a quota system, with six players being selected for each color. Both should be black Africans.

South African players support Black Lives Matter South African players support Black Lives Matter

South African players support Black Lives Matter

“We recognize that gestures have a history and context. They go beyond meaning (both positive and negative) and misinterpret these gestures. Symbols serve the purpose of communicating shared values ​​and meanings.”

“It’s important for us to be aware that American football player Colin Kaepernick, who is now bowing to his knees, has just started his protest and started sitting while singing US songs.

“Like Kaepernick, we want to use the sports platform. At this historic moment, we want to convey a profoundly important issue. We want to do what we want to do in a way that unites us, and that resonates with our South African context, which is relevant to the history of our human rights movement.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos clenched their fists at the 1968 Olympics Tommie Smith and John Carlos clenched their fists at the 1968 Olympics

Tommie Smith and John Carlos clenched their fists at the 1968 Olympics

The clenched fist depicted by Nelson and Winnie Mandela on the occasion of his release from Mandela prison in the Netherlands is a powerful gesture in our history. In this case, the anti-apartheid effort is recognized. Respect for the religious and cultural obligations of each of our members; Equality;

“This fist has a long history in the civil rights movement and has been used in sports. For example, at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists,” the sport later described it as a “human rights tribute.” It was recently used in the BLM movement.

We recognize the historical and political affiliation of the fist, which demonstrates the unity of the ethnic justice and anti-apartheid movement. To seek racial justice in our lives

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