After George Floyd’s death, ex-captain of West Indies, Darren Sammy opened about racial abuse towards him. In the SRH Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room, he faced racial abuse. During that time he was playing for the franchise in the 2013-14 editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sammy expressed anger upon realising the meaning of the word ‘kaalu’ which he says was used to refer to him and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera when the pair played for SRH. At that time, he had not specified who used to direct these slurs at him.
He said in his post along with a video that he found out the word’s meaning recently. He further asked in his post to the people who called him with this word, if the word has love behind it.
Sammy Later Found The Meaning Of the Word ‘Kaalu’
Further, Sammy in his video said that he was listening to Hasan Minhaj who was telling how some people of his culture describe black people. Through Minhaj’s speech, Sammy got to know the meaning of the word, he was being called.
Sammy said that at the time when he was being called with the word, he didn’t know the meaning and he thought it was not degrading as his teammates used to laugh every time whenever he was called with that name.
He further said that he used to think that the word ‘kaalu’ meant something like a strong stallion. Every time he was being called out by the name he used to laugh, added Sammy. He said that he thought that his teammates were happy as they used to laugh after calling him with this name.
“Now, I realise that it wasn’t funny. I realise it was degrading, I will be texting you guys and I will ask you as to when you called me with that name, did you all mean it in any bad way or in a degrading way? I have had great memories in all my dressing rooms, so all those who used to call me with that word, think about it, let’s have a conversation, if it was in a bad way then I would be really disappointed,” he added.