Faf du Plessis: All lives don’t matter until black lives matter

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South African cricketer Faf du Plessis has expressed his views on the ongoing conquering debate on racism and believes the issue needed urgent attention and actions to be overhauled.

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has heightened across the world following the death of African-American George Floyd from the hands of a Minneapolis police personnel in the US in May.

“In the last couple of months, I have realized that we must choose our battles. We are surrounded by many injustices in our country that require urgent attention and action to fix them. If we wait only for the ones that attack us personally, we will always live for “my way vs your way” and that way leads us nowhere,” Du Plessis wrote on Instagram post.

“So I’ve remained silent, with the intent to listen, but not respond. Slowing down my point of view, but quicker to hear the pain of someone else. I knew that words would be lacking and that my understanding is not close to where it needs to be. I surrender my opinions and take the knee as an intercessor. I acknowledge that South Africa is still hugely divided by racism and it is my personal responsibility to do my best to emphasize, hear the stories, learn and then be part of the solution with my thoughts, words, and actions,” Faf added.

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Du Plessis asserted that he is remarking on the prevailing situation now because “if I wait to be perfect, I never will”.

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“I have gotten it wrong before. Good intentions were failed by a lack of perspective when I said on a platform that – I don’t see colour. In my ignorance I silenced the struggles of others by placing my own view on it. A race problem is a human race problem, if one part of the body hurts, we all stop, we empathize, we get perspective, we learn and then we tend to the hurting part of the body,” Du Plessis further said.

“So I am saying that all lives don’t matter UNTIL black lives matter. I’m speaking up now because if I wait to be perfect, I never will. I want to leave a legacy of empathy. The work needs to continue for the change to come and whether we agree or disagree, conversation is the vehicle for change,” Faf concluded.

Thirty former South Africa cricketers, comprising Makhaya Ntini, Herschelle Gibbs and Vernon Philander, on Tuesday came out in support of the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

In a statement, the former cricketers also heaved their significance behind current South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi, who was recently criticized by ex-Proteas like Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar for supporting the BLM campaign.

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Ntini, Philander, Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, JP Duminy and Paul Adams were among the 30 cricketers who have signed the statement.

“We commend Lungi Ngidi for supporting Black Lives Matter – and we’d like to add our support for it too. We note the criticism aimed at Lungi for expressing his views and we hope that Cricket South Africa (CSA), together with fellow cricketers – both present and past – will come out strongly in support of BLM,” read the statement which was published on ‘Sport24’.

“We note too that the most outspoken criticism directed at Ngidi has come via former players such as Pat Symcox, Boeta Dippenaar, Rudi Steyn, Brian McMillan and others, and we urge that their views be challenged.”

On day 1 of the first Test between England and the West Indies last week, Holding had delivered a powerful speech on racism.

The West Indian great had said that the black race has been dehumanised and it will remain to be a victim until the entire humanity is not educated on racism.

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