West Indies legend Michael Holding spoke on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement sweeping across many parts of the Western world, drawing praise from industry observers for his courage and tenacity.
Holding was one of the most feared fast bowlers during his time and was known as Whispering Death.
Michael Holding is one of the most respected cricket commentators in the world and has been doing work with Sky Sports for years. International cricket returned after being suspended 117 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. England and the West Indies were finally back to playing cricket and Holding was around to share his views.
The West Indies had flag marked with Black Lives Matter flying from their player’s balcony while their players also wore one black glove each, raising them in the air as they knelt before the game.
Rain delayed the start of the game. To fill in the time, Sky Sport’s coverage played a short interview with Ebony Rainford-Brent, the first black woman to play for England. After Rainford-Brent’s video, Holding took up the microphone and spoke on why educating people on the racism black people face everyday was so necessary.
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History of the Oppressed Must Also be Learned
Holding said that learning not to be racist should be included in every child’s studies. Holding also referred to his childhood and pointed out that he was never taught anything positive about his heritage. According to him, many teachers often instruct children in the history they know—a history that is incomplete, written by oppressors.
Holding said history is always written by people who harm, rather than those who had been harmed. Many of the whites come to believe this history without ever wondering about how blacks have experienced this world. Holding believes that it is crucial for children to learn about the histories written by black people that speak on their struggles on the path to equality.
Widely considered as the crown jewel of the West Indies’ cricket scene, Holding was applauded for his candor by his fans, both in and out of the sport.
BLM Continues to Garner Support in Sports
A number of prominent sports personalities shared links of Holding’s speech on social media networks. Andrew Gaze, a basketball legend in his local Australia, said that he hoped everyone could listen to Holding’s message.
Shelley Ware, Harsha Bhogle, Nitin Sawhney, Mel Jonescand Hawthorn ace Chad Wingard all publicly expressed their messages of support toward Holding and his cause of Black Lives Matter.