England have joined hands with the West Indies to show solidarity towards Black community and raise awareness about equality and justice. After the West Indies confirmed that they will be wearing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo during the Test series, starting from July 8, England too confirmed to take a similar stand.
Teams and cricketers are spreading awareness in wake of George Floyd killing. George Floyd, a black man, was killed on May 25 in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnestoa in the United States after an officer, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on Flyod’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
England captain Joe Root: It is important to show solidarity to the Black community
England captain Joe Root will miss the first Test due to the birth of his second child but he highlighted the importance of showing solidarity to the Black community. Root said that England players are ready to spread awareness in unison and will use the platform to support the objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists.
“It is important to show solidarity to the Black community and to raise much needed awareness around the topics of equality and justice,” England captain Joe Root said in a statement. “The England players and management are unified in this approach and will use the platform of international cricket to fully support the objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists.
“The majority of us do not understand what individuals from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) background have to go through when people make judgments because of the color of their skin. As a group, we are learning about this and educating ourselves.”
The Test series between England and the West Indies will be played between July 8 to 28th.