Darren Sammy appealed black athletes not to neglect degrading words as “banter”. Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy said that black athletes should not ignore degrading words as “banter” after he discovered his nickname in the IPL had racial slur.
Earlier this week Sammy demanded an apology from his SunRisers Hyderabad teammates who called him ‘Kalu’ in the 20-20 tournament in 2013 & 2014. Sammy dropped the idea of an apology after he found out that the word can be used as a friendly nickname as well as an insult. He said, that, “it doesn’t take away the fact that certain words that are being used could seem as degrading because of the colour of your skin.
“Why must my people endure 400 years of slavery and still have to adapt? Why is it always the people of colour that have to adapt to oppression?” Sammy told a leading media portal. Cricketers have joined hands with other top athletes in backing the Black Lives Matter Campaign after the death of the 46-year-old African-American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
Darren Sammy appealed the ICC to raise awareness of the fight against racism, giving it the same attention as its anti-corruption drive. “We have always had the anti-racism in the code of conduct of the ICC. You hear it every time it has been recited,” said Sammy. “But to make it a subject of discussion — like match-fixing and all these things are a subject that is given special attention”, Sammy further added.
ICC said that it will take a ‘common sense’ approach to the on-field protests over the killing of Floyd when International Cricket resumes next month in England. “Just like George Floyd been murdered and the world witnessed it and the uprising and the movement that it has caused is the bigger picture,” Darren said. “Right Now the people of color, the minorities, feel for once they could say something & be heard”, Darren concluded.