We are powerful, beautiful: West Indies star Dwayne Bravo opens up about racism

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo said he is ‘saddened’ that racism still exists and said people of colour deserve equality.

Dwayne Bravo said the discrimination is disheartening and that people of colour don’t want revenge but respect.

Speaking to former Zimbabwe cricketer Pommie Mbangwa, Dwayne Bravo opened up on what is happening around the world in the aftermath of the killing of an African-American man, George Floyd during police custody in the United States.

“It’s sad to see what’s going on around the world. As a black man, we know the history of what black people have been through. We never ask for revenge, we ask for equality and respect. That’s it. We give respect to others. Why is it that we are facing this over and over?” Dwayne Bravo said.

“I just want our brothers and sisters to know that we are powerful and beautiful. And at the end of the day, you look at some of the greats of the world, whether it is Nelson Mandela, Mohammad Ali, Michael Jordan we have had leaders who paved the way for us.

“Now enough is enough. We just want equality. We don’t want revenge, war. We just want respect.

“We share love and appreciate people for who they are. That’s what is most important.”

The killing of George Floyd and the footage of a policeman kneeling on the African-American man’s neck has triggered massive outrage in the US and across the world.

Several sports stars across the globe have voiced their opinions against racism.

When Daren Sammy, Chris Gayle opened up about racism in cricket

Several cricketers, including West Indies stars Daren Sammy and Chris Gayle, former India pacer Dodda Ganesh, have pointed out that racism exists in cricket as well.

Daren Sammy revealed he was subjected to racism during his stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Sunrisers Hyderabad, saying some of his teammates had addressed him as ‘kalu’.

A photo of Ishant Sharma from 2014 has resurfaced in which the India fast bowler had labelled Sammy as ‘kalu’.

In an emotional social media post, Sammy urged his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates who had labelled him ‘kalu’ to contact him and explain why they had done so during his time at the IPL franchise.

“… I instantly got very angry about it knowing now what that word meant. I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are,” Sammy said.

“I must admit at that time when I was being called that, I didn’t know what it meant, I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, and I saw no problems because I was…

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