RACISM: ‘Black people have an extra hurdle to jump’: Book by ex-cricketer Michael Holding

The former West Indies fast bowler has written a book about his experiences of encountering racial prejudice, with contributions from famous names such as Usain Bolt and Naomi Osaka

Michael Holding

Michael Holding:

Sat 12 Jun 2021  – THE GUARDIAN
In his playing days in the 1970s and 1980s, the West Indian cricketer Michael Holding didn’t speak out against racism, although he saw it all around him. “I chose not to confront it because I was being selfish,” he says. “You saw what happened to athletes when they tried to speak up. Their careers came to an end.”             READ MORE:
Also view:   RACISM: West Indies cricket legend Michael Holding discussing racism in the UK – VIDEOS
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  • Bernard  On 06/13/2021 at 1:20 am

    Rise up against racism and speak out. Silence effectively aids and abets its perpetuation. Rise up against white supremacy and against the privileged class who would want us forget sweep it under the rug.

    We will no longer remain silent!!!

  • brandli62  On 06/13/2021 at 4:15 am

    A struggle that is never-ending. I have hope for my multi-racial children growing up in Switzerland. Half of Swiss children have roots abroad.

  • Ron Saywack.  On 06/13/2021 at 10:26 am

    I was sitting in the west stands of the splendid Kensington Oval in beautiful Barbados in 1986 (enjoying the ambience, some rum-and-coke and the game) when the author Michael Holding (now affectionately known in the commentary booth as Mikey) was bowling from the northern end.

    He began his long, loping strides to the bowling crease merely a few yards inside the sightscreen. It was quite a sight to behold! He was known as the “whispering death”, supremely feared by opposing batsmen across the world.

    Today, the great Jamaican continues to bowl – this time against racism, the most virulent cancer in the world. Keep up the good work, Mikey!


  • Bernard  On 06/14/2021 at 1:55 am

    More than a half century ago:-

    Tommie Smith and John Carlos were, and are, national heroes. They won gold and bronze, respectively, for the United States, in 1968, in the 200-meter sprint at Mexico City.

    When they stood on the podium to receive their medals as the American national anthem was played, they both lifted a fist in the air, encased in a black glove, to symbolize and represent the inequalities and struggles faced by black people in America, very much the same way as Colin Kaepernick did in the NFL against police brutality.

    Consequently, they were both ostracized, abused and permanently banned from the Olympics. They were sent home from the Mexico games. The Australian athlete, Peter Norman, who won silver in the same race, had expressed solidarity with the two black Americans. For doing so, he, too, was ostracized and banned by the Australian authorities.

    Today, all three men have been exonerated and praised for taking a stand against racism and injustice, Norman posthumously. When Peter Norman died in 2006, Smith and Carlos were pall bearers at his funeral. Norman died of a heart attack at the age of 64. Smith and Carlos are still alive.


  • Dennis Albert  On 06/15/2021 at 9:18 am

    Stop advertising to Guyanese to study in your racist institutions:


    • Dennis Albert  On 06/15/2021 at 9:19 am

      Glendon Thomas, a sergeant at Toronto South Detention Centre, says systemic anti-Black racism is widespread throughout the Ontario jail. (Keith Whelan/CBC)
      On his first day as a corrections officer at a Toronto jail, Glendon Thomas was barred from entering. Back in 2004 as a Black man with cornrows, Thomas says staff didn’t believe he worked there and questioned if he was an inmate.

      “That was the first step in breaking me,” Thomas told CBC News in an interview.

      Desperately wanting to excel at the steady Ontario Public Service (OPS) job — under the Ministry of the Solicitor General — Thomas says he tried his best to conform. He cut his hair short and took every opportunity to move up, do better. For a while it worked.

      Thomas was eventually promoted to sergeant at the Toronto South Detention Centre, while also serving as defensive tactics instructor, suicide awareness instructor and co-chair of the Council for Unity and Racial Equality. And around him, more racialized officers were being hired, he said.

      But Thomas alleges systemic racism at the jail hasn’t gotten any better. The decision-makers remain white, while Black officers have been excluded from dozens of opportunities to move up, denied overtime and made to do more work than their white peers.

      Thomas says when he raised these concerns to his managers, the union and finally filed a human rights tribunal complaint last year, he was labelled a troublemaker

  • Dennis Albert  On 06/15/2021 at 9:22 am

    Four Black employees of the Ministry of the Attorney General described to CBC News the barriers they’ve faced working at a Brampton, Ont., courthouse where all managers and most supervisors are white. They spoke on the condition of anonymity, fearful of repercussions at work.

    They’ve worked for the ministry for more than 20 years combined and say they’ve received only positive feedback on their job performances. But they described the workplace as toxic, where nepotism, cronyism and racism dictate who succeeds.

    In total, they’ve applied to dozens of openings for supervisors and leads in recent years, but have never been successful. In almost all instances, white employees with far less experience were given the positions and the Black employees, who were deemed unfit for the job, said they were required to train them.

    One of the employees said their white supervisor makes demeaning comments on their nice car and clothes and has said they’re not a “typical” Black person.

    “You could feel the venom in the things that she said,” the employee told CBC News.

  • wally n  On 06/18/2021 at 12:59 pm

    Received from my daughter…never knew
    Jumping hurdles??? black women had to jump even higher??

    Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926)[2] was an early American civil aviator. She was the first African-American woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license.[3][4][5][6] She earned her license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale on June 15, 1921,[4][5][7] and was the first Black person to earn an international pilot’s license.[8]

    Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, Coleman worked in the cotton fields at a young age while also studying in a small segregated school. She attended one term of college at Langston University. Coleman developed an early interest in flying, but African Americans, Native Americans, and women had no flight training opportunities in the United States, so she saved and obtained sponsorships to go to France for flight school.

    She then became a high-profile pilot in notoriously dangerous air shows in the United States. She was popularly known as Queen Bess and Brave Bessie,[9] and hoped to start a school for African-American fliers. Coleman died in a plane crash in 1926. Her pioneering role was an inspiration to early pilots and to the African-American and Native American communities

  • Dennis Albert  On 06/18/2021 at 11:10 pm

    The white South African girl is playing the victim while discriminating against the “Bantu people” as her people call the Africans:

  • wally n  On 08/01/2021 at 11:27 am

    Finally good news…
    Canada’s diversity almost complete…

    Sarah Douglas claims best-ever finish for Canadian woman in individual Olympic sailing event
    Never thought I would ever see this.

  • brandli62  On 08/01/2021 at 11:50 am

    Is she Guyanese by descent?

  • wally n  On 08/01/2021 at 12:07 pm

    Possibly….Don’t know, good hint would have been ..Smartest in the field, just show changing world.

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