By Arré Bench Jun. 09, 2020
West Indian cricketer Darren Sammy has alleged that he was subject to racism from teammates in Sunrisers Hyderabad. If a world-class cricketer, playing at the highest level of the game, has to endure degrading slurs from fellow athletes, what hope does the common man have?
The heinous murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States has led to protests in many parts of the world and reignited the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The conversation around racism has taken centre stage as people and celebrities alike share tragic stories about having to deal with systemic racism in various societies.
The row has reached the Indian Premier League, with West Indian cricketer Darren Sammy alleging that he was subject to racism from fellow teammates in the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room. Sammy expressed anger upon realising the meaning of the word “kaalu”, which was used to describe him and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera.