Holding breaks down over racism his parents faced

It comes after the former West Indies cricketer gave a passionate speech about institutional racism

Last Updated: 09/07/20 10:17pm








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Former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding broke down in tears while discussing racism his parents faced in the past

Former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding broke down in tears while discussing racism his parents faced in the past

Michael Holding broke down in tears while discussing the racism his parents faced in the past.

The West Indies great and Sky Sports pundit made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for society to change on the first day of England’s Test match against West Indies in Southampton.

In an interview with Sky News’ Mark Austin on Thursday, Holding, 66, said he was thinking about his parents when he became emotional on TV.

When Austin asked him about how he felt in that moment, Holding’s voice began to break.

“To be honest, that emotional part came when I started thinking of my parents. And it’s coming again now.”

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Holding says education is key to eradicating the problem of racism and ensuring that this becomes a moment of genuine change in society

Holding says education is key to eradicating the problem of racism and ensuring that this becomes a moment of genuine change in society

Holding paused, before continuing: “Mark, I know what my parents went through.

“My mother’s family stopped talking to her because her husband was too dark.

“I know what they went through, and that came back to me immediately,” Holding said, wiping tears from his eyes.

He also spoke about times he faced racism over the years, including when he and his white friend were assumed to not be booking into a hotel together in South Africa.

“We laugh about it when not living in that society, and sometimes I grimace in my head and I move on. But I cannot keep on laughing, grimacing and moving on,” he said.

“It’s time for change.”

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West Indies captain Jason Holder says Michael Holding’s passionate words about longstanding racism had a huge impact on him and he hopes they can bring about ‘systemic equality’

West Indies captain Jason Holder says Michael Holding’s passionate words about longstanding racism had a huge impact on him and he hopes they can bring about ‘systemic equality’

He added he hoped tackling institutional racism would not be “brushed under the carpet” and again urged for better education on black history.

He said: “I hope people understand exactly what I’m saying, and exactly where I’m coming from. I’m 66 years old. I have seen it, I have been through it and I have experienced it with other people.

“It cannot continue like this – we have to understand that people are people.”

On Wednesday, during a delay for rain, Holding said he had attended Black Lives Matter protests, and referred to the case of Amy Cooper, who called police after arguing with a black man in New York’s Central Park.

He said: “She threatened this black man with her whiteness, saying that she was going to call the police and tell them there was a black man threatening her.

“If the society in which she was living did not empower her or get her to think that she had that power of being white and being able to call the police on a black man, she would not have done it.”

He went on to highlight the case of Lewis Howard Latimer, the black man who perfected the carbon filament that made the lightbulb possible, but is virtually unknown compared to its white inventor, Thomas Edison.

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