Cricket legend Sir Michael Holding on why athletes take the knee & the Black Lives Matter movement (E1031)
We speak to one of the greatest fast bowlers in cricket history, former West Indies star Sir Michael Holding. He discusses his new book ‘Why We Kneel and How We Rise’, the significance of football players and other athletes taking a knee and the effect it has on anti-racism discourse, police brutality in the US and UK, accusations by Priti Patel that taking the knee is simply “gesture politics,” the omission of black people’s contributions to civilisation in Western education, the Black Lives Matter movement and the effect of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of US police, and much more! Jay Naidoo, a former cabinet member under anti-apartheid hero and former South African president Nelson Mandela, discusses the mass social unrest that has occurred in the past week following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma and the root causes such as rising poverty and neoliberalism’s failure under the African National Congress. He talks about why a new South African system has to incorporate the ideas of the young generation and put ecology at the centre, the anti-apartheid campaign and the effects of the world boycotts of South African cricket and football that helped change white Afrikaner minds in South Africa, and much more.