Racism is still very much a problem during today’s society and has been a particular issue in sports.
Cricket has been the latest sport subject to recent racial slurs. England fast-bowler Jofra Archer claimed to hear racial insults during his dismissal at the Bay Oval in the first test against New Zealand this morning.
Both New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and The English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB) have released statements saying they are working to identify the perpetrator and the NZC have apologized directly to Archer.
We are shocked and disappointed to hear of the verbal abuse @JofraArcher received after the Test today. @englandcricket might be our rivals but they're also our friends and racist abuse is never okay!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2019
Barbados born Archer was also on the receiving end of an incident back in September when a fan said he heard a group of men singing a racist song during the fourth Ashes Test.
ParkLife Sport spoke to University of Gloucestershire cricket player Ray Estwick, who is also from Barbados.
“There isn’t much racism in Barbados as it’s a majority black country but as a lone black man in the team, I think it’s bound to happen due to ignorance.
“People are just trying to get to him because he’s a good player and they want to knock him down.
“He did say in an interview that he has had a bit of racism in England but I can imagine since he’s tweeted about it and made it public that it must have been very offensive.”
Despite all the evidence and events in recent years former England bowler Graham Onions doesn’t believe their is an issue in cricket.
However, the ECB have been aware of racism in their sport for over twenty years when they addressed the issue in 1999 releasing a report of recommendations.
Moeen Ali was also the subject of a high profile racism case in the 2015 Ashes when he said he was compared to Osama Bin Laden.
The elimination of racial discrimination from cricket is an on-going task and a societal one as well. The ECB will continue to fight against racial inequality in cricket, the next big step to eliminating it altogether will be their reaction to the most recent cases relating to Archer.