Sammy Says Black Lives Matter Movement Gave West Indies Extra Motivation

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Former West Indies captain, Saint Lucian Darren Sammy, believes the Black Lives Matter Movement gave the West Indies team ‘extra motivation’ to win the first test against England, it has been reported.

Sammy has recently been speaking out against racism in cricket.

The West Indies won the game  against England by four wickets to take the lead in the three-match series.

“When you have a movement for black lives, and you have a black team come to England – with everything that’s going on – that creates extra motivation,” Sammy told the Sky News podcast.

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Both England and West Indies players took a knee before the start of the Test.

The Black Lives Matter Movement gathered new momentum with the death of Black American, George Floyd, on May 25, 2020.

Floyd was arrested after allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

A white officer,  Derek Chauvin, was recorded kneeling on the suspect’s neck while he complained that he could not breathe.

Chauvin was fired from the force and charged with murder, while three other officers were charged with aiding and abetting him.

The video of the George Floyd incident was replayed many times on US and international television networks igniting protests worldwide.

A Black Lives Matter rally was also held here in Saint Lucia where the Jean family experienced the shooting death of their unarmed son, Botham Jean, by an off duty Dallas police officer on September 6, 2018.

Amber Guyger was fkired as a police officer, charged with murder in that incident and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Saint Lucia’s Black Lives Matter movement recently announced plans  plans to hold a series of town hall meetings throughout the country, to promote the movement and its ideals.

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