All Lives Don't Matter Until Black Lives Matter: Faf du Plessis
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All Lives Don’t Matter Until Black Lives Matter: Faf du Plessis

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Faf du Plessis. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has voiced his opinion in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign. After hearing several opinions, the Proteas decided to send a strong message on racial discrimination which according to him still prevails in South Africa.

South Africa has a long history of black people suffering during Apartheid. To end racial segregation, cricket played a major role to unify black and white people in South Africa. At that time, Rebel tours were hosted and several teams toured there to play the series though ICC didn’t give those series an official recognition. 

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Faf du Plessis. Credits: BCCI

However, currently, the issue of racism rose after George Floyd lost his life in the United States of America(USA). Several cricketers came out in the support of the campaign. West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy was the first cricketer to start the conversation. South African youngster Lungi Nigdi also raised his opinion which was criticised by several former cricketers. 

Faf du Plessis also didn’t hold back his thoughts either. He admitted that injustice is all around and one must be careful about choosing battles. He even said that ‘all lives didn’t matter UNTIL black lives matter.’ 

Here is Faf du Plessis message for everyone: 

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Faf du Plessis. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“In the last couple of months, I have realised that we must choose our battles. We are surrounded by many injustices in our country that require urgent attention and action to fix them.”

“So, I’ve remained silent, with the intent to listen, but not respond. Slowing down my point of view, but quicker to hear the pain of someone else. I surrender my opinions and take the knee as an intercessor.

“I acknowledge that South Africa is still hugely divided by racism and it is my personal responsibility to do my best to emphasize, hear the stories, learn and then be part of the solution with my thoughts, words and actions.”

“So I am saying that all lives don’t matter UNTIL black lives matter. I’m speaking up now, because if I wait to be perfect, I never will. I want to leave a legacy of empathy.”

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In the last couple of months I have realized that we must choose our battles. We are surrounded by many injustices in our country that require urgent attention and action to fix them. If we wait only for the ones that attack us personally, we will always live for “my way vs your way” and that way leads us nowhere. So I’ve remained silent, with the intent to listen, but not respond. Slowing down my point of view, but quicker to hear the pain of someone else. I knew that words would be lacking and that my understanding is not close to where it needs to be. I surrender my opinions and take the knee as an intercessor. I acknowledge that South Africa is still hugely divided by racism and it is my personal responsibility to do my best to emphasize, hear the stories, learn and then be part of the solution with my thoughts, words and actions I have gotten it wrong before. Good intentions were failed by a lack of perspective when I said on a platform that – I don’t see colour. In my ignorance I silenced the struggles of others by placing my own view on it. A race problem is a human race problem, if one part of the body hurts ,we all stop, we empathize, we get perspective, we learn and then we tend to the hurting part of the body. So I am saying that all lives don’t matter UNTIL black lives matter. I’m speaking up now, because if I wait to be perfect, I never will. I want to leave a legacy of empathy. The work needs to continue for the change to come and whether we agree or disagree, conversation is the vehicle for change.

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