I have always said it, & I will gladly & proudly say it again. There is no other game like cricket. Push comes to shove we still always strive to ‘make it cricket‘. A genuine gentleman’s game — in the sense of ‘good manners’ & sportsmanship. Yes, yes, yes … we have had our incidents.
But, this was TRULY special.
I cried. Tears poured down my face. I was happy!
Very well organized & orchestrated. All the Windies had thin black gloves that they wore on their upraised, clenched fist arm. Very moving.
This was good for cricket. This was good for the World. Shame that Trump would NOT even understand. His loss.
Thank you, ALL.
This is why I truly love cricket.
I am proud. I am glad. It is the proper & right thing to do. And that is why I am proud to call them — again — MY ‘West Indies‘. For at least 30-years of my life there was never any doubt that the West Indies, indubitably, were my team.
Then over the last decade they have driven me to distraction & beyond. But, every once in awhile they remind me why they used to be MY team. This is one of those occassions.
This gesture by them, alas, will not be seen by any white Americans. That is a great shame.
But, it will be seen by a lot of BROWN folks — like I, and that is NOT a bad thing. Brown people are racist. Many think that black folks are not as good as us. So, this is good.
Will they KNEEL during the ‘anthem’ — & here a supreme IRONY. They do NOT have a NATIONAL anthem! They do not represent one country — but many. But, they do have an anthem. Will they kneel.
I have heard that the England team, which is likely to have at least one non-white player, want to do something in solidarity. That would be good.
This is all good. Another reason why I adore cricket.
Much water has flown under many bridges during these three weeks — not to mention a fair amount of uncalled for BLOOD.
So, now … with all the protests, DIVISION & soul-searching.
Can we FORGIVE poor Joe?
We all NOW KNOW what he was getting at. I knew all along. SMILE.
Racism isn’t just black & white.
Racism exists in all cultures. We have all heard, in the context of WWII, how racist the Japanese & Chinese are.
Brown folks like I can be terrible racist.
Just a couple of days ago I was in stitches reading about a famous, black West Indian cricket captain who was very aggrieved to discover that the nickname he was called by some of his Indian teammates when he was playing cricket in India was extremely racist. They, all brown (like I), was calling him a ‘blackie’. SMILE.
I am a racist — though, of course, I have a white wife (& she wasn’t the first). Actually, it is possible that I am more of a racist than my wife. She accuses me daily (if not hourly) of being judgemental.
So, what is this all about? What am I leading at.
I have, of course, been thinking. Race, quite rightly, is very much in the forefront. I have no issues with that.
Winston Churchill, and his statue in London, was in the news today. Got me thinking. Yes, Winston was probably slightly more of a racist than I, but by how much?
Lincoln must have had some racial biases. I am convinced that no adult can claim to be at ‘0’ when it comes to racism. I don’t think it is possible.
Most folks who knew my adoptive mother, & she knew a lot of people (given that 3,000 people attended her funeral, & that was just in Sri Lanka), would claim that she had to be the most inclusive person they had every encountered since she was her own mini-U.N. But, in private she was quite the racist. Not a nasty racist. Just a common or garden racist. Among other things she so did not want me to marry anyone white!
I think you are getting my drift.
I could be wrong, BUT I think if we can stay below the 40% mark we are doing good. Yes, of course, there will be those below 40%. I know a few that might qualify. The problem is with those that are beyond the 70% mark.
Oh, and all don’t forget that racist come in all colors.
(which I had bought many years ago)
I had seen this powerful & touching movie many years ago — most likely soon after it came out. I liked it so much, and it moved me so much, that I went and got the paperback from Amazon. I haven’t got around to reading it as yet — but I was sure glad to lay my hands on my copy, in my book littered office.
I am getting her to read, out aloud (for I), most nights, to “Kill A Mockingbird“. I thought this movie will help her get more perspective. She liked it — which was good.
Wow. It is set in the 1960s, but it might as well be TODAY!
Racism is more virulent than I ever remember — and I am not even sure what it is like down South. So, watching this movie is sobering. Makes us realize that we haven’t made much progress when it comes to Civil Rights. Lets just remember — Black Lives Matter.