Former South African captain and star batsman Faf Duplessis expressed his support against racism on Friday, saying that no one's life matters as long as the lives of blacks matter.
The 'Black Lives Matter' (black lives matter) movement is going on around the world after the death of African-origin George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman in America. Before the first match of the Test series between England and West Indies, players of both the teams openly supported it. Duplessis said that the time had come to fight racism.
The 36-year-old cricketer wrote on his Instagram post, “In the last two months I have come to realize that we have to decide who to fight. We are surrounded by many kinds of injustice in our country which needs immediate attention and rectification. '
He said, 'I believe that South Africa is still divided because of racism and it is my responsibility to be a part of its solution.'
This is in contrast to Duplessis's earlier attitude when he refused to talk about racism. On the removal of Temba Bavuma from the team earlier this year, he said, 'We do not choose by looking at the colors'.
He said, “That's why I would say that no one's life matters as long as the lives of blacks matter.” I am talking now because if I wait for a reasonable time it will never come. It is necessary to continue working for change and we agree or disagree, the conversation is the driver of change. '