Graeme Smith became the first white English-speaking former South Africa player to voice his support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement on Friday (July 17). Language is pertinent because five white Afrikaans-speaking current internationals did so earlier – and because the country’s racist past, formalised in the since-scrapped policy of apartheid, was largely the work of Afrikaners.
“Black Lives Matter,” Smith posted on his Twitter account. “As director of cricket at Cricket South Africa, a former Protea and captain, a teammate, a father, a brother, a friend and most importantly fellow South African, I am proud to support this incredibly important movement.
“There is no room for neutrality on this topic. I stand with Lungi Ngidi and our brothers and sisters around the world. I will join the team tomorrow in taking the knee at the 3TC Solidarity Cup.”