Cricket and racism: how (not) to respond

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Cricket and racism: how (not) to respond

There is a tissue of issues here that show how poorly questions of racism are dealt with in our society

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Cricket South Africa messed up by making it compulsory to take a knee if you want to play for the Proteas. Quinton de Kock, in turn, messed up by deciding he would rather not play for the team than to take a knee.

The choice in how we analyse this is not between uncritical support of CSA’s decision or a lazy defence of De Kock’s right to a decision he can live with as a matter of conscience. There is a tissue of issues here that show how poorly questions of racism are dealt with in our society. Let’s cut through it all systematically.

Firstly, taking a knee has become a symbol of resistance against racism by many athletes and sports teams across the world in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement...

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