- The Proteas cricket team have chosen not to take a knee in support of BLM
- The team offered instead to raise a fist, a historic symbol of triumph and defiance
- The team specifically chose a raised fist due to its significance in the struggle against apartheid
The Proteas had stated previously that they would not bend the knee for the Black Lives Matter movement. The team was placed under enormous pressure to display some form of gesture of solidarity with the movement.
Earlier in the month, the Proteas had stated that they would not be taking a knee for BLM but would be championing the issues of gender-based violence and human trafficking, which are issues that plague South Africa.
However, the Proteas surprised many by still showing support for BLM not with bending their knees but with raising their fists ahead of their Boxing Day match against Sri Lanka.
Here are some reactions to the social media post:
"May it not only be a 'saying', but also Be In Your 'Actions' ✊ #blacklivesmatter✊✊✊"
"Love this from my boys."
However, not everyone was as supportive on Twitter:
The Government is Lying:
"Clowns want them to copy what Americans are doing."
"This will upset many people Rolling on the floor laughing. Smh."
A raised fist is a historic symbol representing triumph and opposition. Nelson Mandela famously raised his fist during the struggle against apartheid.
The national cricket team released a statement explaining their decision:
“We as the Proteas team have, on multiple occasions, declared our unmistakable support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign. We have openly discussed the topic on numerous occasions with the media and amongst each other and we are committed to continuing to do this work together."
The team's statement explained that they had carefully chosen the raised fist for its historical significance in the fight against inequality and injustice.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis has donned the English rose as he joins the coaching squad as a batting consultant.
This comes as the English cricket team prepares to confront Sri Lanka in the upcoming Test series.
The English cricket team have a history of appointed talented players to help their team prepare for test series' according to The South African.
Kallis has worked as a batting consultant before, he helped South Africa during their Test series against England which saw the pommies winning 3-1.
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