Black Lives Matter and Kaepernick's Iconic Protest Reaches the Diaspora

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The impact of Kaepernick’s kneeling protest cannot be overstated.  Combined with the force that is the Black Lives Matter movement, all across the globe we are seeing connections between Black people in the diaspora in unprecedented ways.  Cricket, a sport not as well known in the United States but popular in the British Commonwealth, was the site one another one of these powerful protests where key Black players like Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent decided to take a stand by taking a knee.  They also took the opportunity to speak up about a subject that often makes whites and Blacks alike uncomfortable, but for different reasons–the continuing impact of racism/white supremacy.  BLM has provided a much needed opportunity to broach these issues and hopefully set the conditions for substantive, not symbolic, change.

Article below by Bhargab Sarmah of

Earlier this week, former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent, the first Black woman to play for England, delivered a powerful message on racism during the broadcast of the opening Test of a three-match series between England and the West Indies, delving deeply into racism and their personal experiences with it throughout their commentary.

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