Michael Holding doubts his existence had he stayed in England in his youth
Former West Indian quick Michael Holding has always raised his voice on racism. His new book on racism ” when we kneel, how we rise ” is on the verge of publication.
After the death of George Floyd who was killed by a white cop in the USA, Holding has more actively raised his voice on racism. Michael Holding doubts his existence had he stayed in England in his youth.
Holding feels that he was fiery in his youth and had he stayed in England, he may not have been alive.
“I don’t think I would be alive today. As a young man, I was a bit fiery. I kicked a stump out of the ground in New Zealand (1980) so can you imagine me going through what Ebony went through? No, I would not have made it,” Holding said.
Holding while playing in a Test series in New Zealand in 1980 had kicked a stump after his appeals against New Zealand batsmen were repeatedly turned down. It was an acrimonious series between New Zealand and West Indies which was riddled with umpiring controversy. Bad relations between the umpires and the West Indies team which lost the series 0-1.
Holding further said that in his own country in Jamaica he never faced any racism. But he experienced it every time he went out of his country and felt like returning home again.
Holding further reiterated that if he had made a stand he would have had a brief career in cricket or commentary. As he has seen many before him who took a stand and was victimised.
The racism issue continues to be in existence across the world. No matter the amount of voice raised on different platforms by different public figures or organisations.