There have been a number of instances when a sportsperson has faced discrimination just becuase of their skin colour. Even with the presence of many anti-racism campaigns such as FIFA’s ‘Say No to Racism’, players across all sports have often been victims of racial abuses. Such is also the case of West Indies Darren Sammy, who has revealed about facing racism along with Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka during their spell with IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, and former Team India icon Irfan Pathan responds!
Following the death of George Floyd by former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has started protests and movements in USA and many other countries, to raise voice against racism. Like many other sportspersons, Darren Sammy took to social media to show his support for the cause, and has also shared his own account of enduring racism.
“After I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people,” Sammy referred to himself and Thisara Perera being called ‘kalu’ by his Sunrisers teammates, the word which means ‘black’ in Hindi and is often used to refer to a dark skinned person.
“I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny,” Sammy added. Check out the whole video below-
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So recently I discovered a word that I was being called was not what it actually meant I need some answers. So before I start calling out names I need these individuals to reach out and please tell me there’s another meaning to that word and when I was being called it,it was all in love. #blackandproud #blackandconfident #clarasboy #saynotoracism #stopracism #cricketer #stlucia
Sammy was a member of the SRH squad in both 2013 and 2014 Season, sharing the dressing room with Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all rounder who has said that he was unaware of such an incident.
“If something like that would have happened then it would have come to notice or a team discussion would have happened on the topic. I am not aware of any such incident and he (Sammy) has to take responsibility for his comments,” the 35 year old spoke to Indian Express.
However, Pathan didn’t dismiss the fact that such instances have happened in the Indian cricket scene.
“But at the same time, we need to educate our people because I’ve seen them (racial jibes) in domestic cricket. Some of our cricketers from the south, especially, have faced that in the northern and western parts of the country, though I don’t want to name anyone,” he added.