Ahead of cricket’s highly anticipated return, Michael Holding delivered some strong words on one of the most pressing issues of the world.
Speaking to host Ian Ward and fellow panelist Nasser Hussain, Holding did not hold back and spoke some stone cold facts about racism and how the world has perceived it now finally. An emotional Holding cited the importance of education and pointed out the glaring flaws it has at present.
“Everything should be taught. When I go back I remember my school days, I was never taught anything good about black people. And you cannot have a society that is brought up like that, both whites and blacks, which is only taught what is convenient to the teacher,”
The veteran also highlighted the much-debated case of American citizen Amy Cooper who threatened to call the cops on a black man, who only requested Cooper to put her dog on a leash as per the norms of the law. He added:
Everybody has heard about this lady in a park in America who was asked by a black man to put her dog on a leash, which is the law.
“She threatened this black man with her whiteness, saying that she was going to call the police and tell them there was a black man threatening her.
“If the society in which she was living did not empower her or get her to think that she had that power of being white and being able to call the police on a black man, she would not have done it.
“It was an automatic reaction because of the society in which she lives. If you don’t educate people they will keep growing up in that sort of society and you will not get meaningful change.”
Apart from Holding, former England women’s cricketer Ebony Rainford-Brent chipped with her views as well and broke down in tears in the process. She said:
“I can still remember the moment I heard about George Floyd. I was lying in bed, turned my phone on and it was the first thing that came up on my [Instagram] story, a short version of the video,” she said.
“I clicked on it and clicked off as the first words you heard were ‘I can’t breathe’. I watched the whole thing, over eight minutes, and burst into tears,”
Watch the entire discussion below:
"Until we educate the entire human race, this thing will not stop."
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