Faf Du Plessis, former South Africa skipper was criticized as being naive on explaining the criteria on selecting Rassise ven der Dussen over black man Temba Bavuma saying that he doesn’t see colour.
Now, he has admitted that he lacked the perspective on the Black Lives Matter and sincerely wants to eliminate racism that lies in South Africa as well.
He believes that years of cricket has bee led by a single body but we could not remove racism from it. He also takes a knee surrendering his past opinion and has now stood in favour of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Du Plessis admits he lacked perspective on Black Lives Matter
“If we wait only for the ones that attack us personally, we will always live for ´my way versus your way´ and that way leads us nowhere,” he said.
“I´ve remained silent, with the intent to listen, but not respond,” said Du Plessis.
“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 empathise, hear the stories, learn and then be part of the solution with my thoughts, words and actions.”
He admitted: ” 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.”
Du Plessis concluded: “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.”