West Indies Take A Knee In Support of Black Lives Matter

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Members of the West Indies squad knelt and held clenched fists as they showed full support for and the fight against racism, inequality and injustice. Before Wednesday’s start to the #RaiseTheBat series at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, both West Indies and England teams announced they would wear the Black Lives Matter logo on the collars of the playing shirts like sportsurge

They further demonstrated support kneeling on the field and on the boundary. All members of the West Indies squad also wore black gloves. In addition, a flag was flown over the team’s balcony with the composite logos of Cricket West Indies and Black Lives Matter on the traditional maroon background.

Speaking ahead of the series, West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons said: “It means a hell of a lot to all the players and all the staff on the tour. But it’s not just about now, it’s about life on the whole”.

The Black Lives Matter emblem was designed by Alisha Hosannah, the partner of Troy Deeney, the professional footballer and captain of Watford Football Club (who play in the English Premier League).  He was contacted by CWI and permission was granted for the logo to be displayed on the collar according to ICC regulations.

The logo has a clenched fist in place of the letter “A” in the word “Black”. It was also used on the shirts of all 20 Premier League clubs since football returned behind closed doors following the break for COVID-19.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. What really turns on this “black lives matters” by athletes when they very minute they start to date they gravitate to everything white or near white?

  2. Monkey see monkey do……

    The news should be about what the English team did…..

    Whats the point?

  3. Both cricket teams West Indies and England knelt before the game started.So why only West Indies featured in the headlines.

  4. @Antigua Citizen:Antigua was name by a white man.We should stop calling it Antigua.Football /Soccer started in Europe.Perhaps we should stop playing that game as black people.What do you think?Where ignorance is bliss it pays to be wise.

    • @Bugsy Exactly my point this whole crap has gotten out of hand. What next rename Boggie Peak to something else? While we are at it, what about Nelson’s Dockyard, Falmouth Harbor, Forts Barrington, James, Shirley’s Heights. Rename everything to something that no one will be offended? Pure garbage. Next people going to stop using “white” names like John and Linda? Left things so. At the rate we going soon plantation will be removed from the language because someone offended by it. Tap play the fetchin colour game and everyone get along. Learn from history and live with each other in peace and don’t repeat.

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