In a shocking statement, West Indies’ big Michael Holding quick bowling claimed that if he had grown up in the United Kingdom, he was not alive today.
Following the George Floyd incident in the USA last year, Holding was among the most vocal voices to speak against racism. He also said a few weeks ago that Great Britain did not do enough to stop the country’s racism.
When Michael Holding spoke to The Telegraph, he said that his fiery attitude as a young person had he grown up in the UK would have taken his life to him. He declared
“Today, I don’t believe I’d be alive. I was a little fiery as a young man. I kicked a stump off the ground in New Zealand (1980) so can you imagine what happened by Ebony? No, I didn’t do it. No.”
Ebony Rainford-Brent was the first black woman to play for England, a former England women’s cricket player. She was a member of the teams that won the World Cups of 50 and T20 in 2009.
Having looked back on his young years, Holding reminded himself that, each time he left the place, he was not subjected to racism in Jamaica. The young man of 67 years admits:
“I didn’t experience racism as I grew up in Jamaica. Every time I left Jamaica, I experienced it. I told myself, ‘this isn’t your life. Soon I’ll return to your home,’ every time I saw it. And I wouldn’t have had a long television career if I’d stood my career as long as it did. “
“We’ve witnessed in history the victimization of black people defending their rights and calling for injustice. Mercy, they’d say ‘another angry young Black man, get rid of him’ if I’d spoken it. I’d be another person on the dung heap,” added Michael Holding.
Always read/ listen to everything Holding has to say.https://t.co/upE0NiYkQs— Ananya Upendran (@a_upendran11) June 21, 2021
Michael Holding’s book on racism to be released soon
A book on racism titled “Why We Kneel, What We Rise?” will be published soon by West Indian quick bowlers, who played in the Caribbean era when they dominated cricket in the world. Michael Holding spoke of the book and revealed that one of his sister’s chapters was hard to read, as it was draining emotions. I have drawn up:
“I sent my sister a chapter and told her she was unable to read it. The images of three black bodies hanging from the tree, which was transformed into a postcard, concerning lynching and dehumanisation. “
In this powerful, poignant and personal exploration of racism and its affects throughout history, #MichaelHolding shares his story, together with the stories of some of the most iconic athletes in the world.— Simon & Schuster UK (@simonschusterUK) June 21, 2021
Nicknamed Whispering Death, Michael Holding played 60 Tests and 102 ODIs for West Indies, claiming 249 and 142 wickets respectively.