Johannesburg: West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy has slammed former South African cricketers for criticising quick bowler Lungi Ngidi’s stance on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion. Sammy mentioned that the criticism exhibits why it is very important communicate up on racism.
“The fact that some past players have an issue with Lungi Ngidi stance on #blacklivesmatter movement is actually the reason why we are still here today saying black lives matter. Smfh #standupbrother we here with u (sic),” he tweeted.
The undeniable fact that some previous players have a problem with @NgidiLungi stance on #blacklivesmatter motion is definitely the explanation why we’re nonetheless right here right this moment saying black lives matter. Smfh 😡😡😡#standupbrother we right here with u ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) July 9, 2020
Ngidi had mentioned that South African players ought to take a stand on the BLM motion, particularly contemplating the historical past of segregation within the nation.
“As a nation, we have a past that is very difficult, with racial discrimination, so it’s definitely something we will be addressing as a team and if we are not, it’s something I will bring up,” Ngidi mentioned, at a digital press engagement on Monday afternoon.
“It’s something that we need to take very seriously and like the rest of the world is doing, make the stand.”
However, former players like Boeta Dippenaar, Pat Symcox and Rudi Steyn have criticised Ngidi, stating that South Africa also needs to make an announcement on assaults on white farmers throughout the nation.
“I am afraid to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ have become nothing more than leftist political movement,” mentioned Dippenar on Facebook.
“I would suggest that Lungi Ngidi listens a bit more to likes of Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Walter Williams and Milton Friedman. All lives matter. If you want me to stand shoulder to shoulder with you Lungi then stand shoulder to shoulder with me with regards to farm attacks.”
The ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion has intensified the world over following the dying of African-American George Floyd by the hands of a Minneapolis police personnel in US in May.