The South African players did not want to pay tribute to Goerge Floyd to the astonishment of the entire public. Many have wondered why South Africans refuse to fall to their knees and show a fist. Such a gesture shocked many and the public waited for an answer.
Finally, the South African team spoke up and explained why they refused such a gesture and why they did not want to pay tribute in such a way. "We recognise that our actions will most likely result in criticism from some community, one way or another," the release said, as quoted by criccbuzz
They didn't explain why they didn't do that "We recognise that gestures have histories and contexts, which carry meaning beyond themselves (both positive and negative) and that these gestures may be open to misinterpretation," the release said.
"Symbols also serve the purpose of communicating shared values and meaning. "In the same vein as [Colin] Kaepernick [the quarterback who pioneered the practice of taking a knee as a political act], we would like to use our sporting platform to raise awareness around an issue that matters deeply in this historical moment.
We want to do so in a way that unites us around a gesture we own, which speaks to and resonates in our South African context, and which is connected to our own history of struggle for human rights. "The raised fist is a powerful gesture in our own history, as expressed in the iconic images of Nelson and Winnie Mandela on Mandela's release from prison in 1990.
In this context it was a powerful gesture of triumph, an acknowledgment of the struggle against apartheid, and a commitment to continuing to fight for equality, justice and freedom, while also honouring the religious and cultural responsibilities of every member of our team.
"We recognise the historical and political connotations of the raised fist as a gesture of ongoing solidarity in the fight for racial justice and anti-racism work. So, we stand together and raise our fists as a gesture of solidarity and commitment to continuing the work of pursuing racial justice in our lifetimes."
Will this excuse be understood by the public? It seems to make sense but South Africans will still be under pressure because of it and the question is whether they will do it. We will find out soon what will happen