In the ongoing controversy around racism against the Windies cricketer Darren Sammy in the Indian Premier League team Sunrisers Hyderabad, Swara Bhasker called out the cricketer for letting his teammates go so easily.
On Tuesday, the cricket posted a video on Social Media and said that his teammates at Sunrisers Hyderabad used to call him “Kaalu” which is a Hindi slang used to refer black people and also confessed that he didn’t know it back then. Sammy also further said that he would be texting his Indian teammates seeking an apology from them. This has sparked debate on social media as users are defending the Indian cricketers. Some of them pointed out that “kaalu” is not always used as a racist slur and while others spun a Pakistani narrative around the issue. Former Indian Cricketer, Irfan Pathan, also added fuel to the burning fire and said that racism is not restricted to the color of your skin.
After days of controversy, Darren Sammy, the former Captian of West Indies, put the controversy to the rest as he tweeted that his teammates reassured him that the supposed racist word was used as an operation of love. He wrote,
“I’m pleased to say that I’ve had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys and we are looking at ways to educate rather than focus on the negative. My brother reassured me that he operated from a place of love and I believe him.”
Sammy Hits Back At Swara Bhasker
Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker who has been actively taking part in activism off late took to Twitter and questioned the cricketer for letting them go so easily. She wrote,
“Dear Darren Sammy, if someone used the N-word at a black person & said they “operated from a place of love” what would you say? Same with the word ‘Kaalu’ & it’s variations. And team members of Sunrisers. Show some decency & spine. #SaySorryToDarren officially!”
Darren Sammy responded Swara Bhasker in disagreement as he said that the only way forward is to accept the apology and educate the person. Further, he added that he is proud to be black and is confident of being black.
Source: Circle Of Cricket