Mumbai: Former South African batsman Hashim Amla came out in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement on Wednesday and thanked fast bowler Lungi Ngidi for taking the stand for the right cause.
“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,” Amla wrote on Instagram.
“However many of us, including myself, have borne 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 – publicly and privately,” he added.
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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
This comes after thirty-one former and current domestic and international South African players signed a letter in support of Lungi Ngidi and the Black Lives Matter movement.
ESPN Cricinfo reported that the letter also had the signature of five current coaches along with national fielding coach Justin Ontong.
According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, this paper is a collective effort aimed at showing solidarity with anti-racist campaigns around the world. The letter also urges Cricket South Africa (CSA) and white cricketers to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lungi Ngidi had earlier urged the CSA board to show their solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement and this came in the face of criticism from former players such as Pat Simcox, Boeta Dippanar, Rudy Stein and Brian McMillan.
“We also note that the most vocal criticism directed at Ngidi has come through former players such as Pat Simcox, Boetta Dippenaar, Rudi Stein, Brian McMillan, and others. We urge that his views have been challenged. We were not surprised at the comments,”
“Given South Africa’s famous past, black cricketers have had to bear the brunt of subtle and ultra-racist behavior for many years, including some allies. As a result, there is a need to understand how white privilege feeds into the perpetuation of these old attitudes and assumptions,” it added.
The Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum after the death of an African-American man named George Floyd, as a police officer, later identified as Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck in a viral video.