Laura Malcolm talked about the Black Lives Matter movement and says it's all of us against racism, durong a long interview. Netball player of Manchester Thunder's squad, talked about the movement which was born since the death of George Floyd on May 25th.
During this time, a wealth of netballers shared to their social media feelings to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Malcolm praised what London Pulse's Halimat Adio said on May 31st on Black Lives Matter. Laura said: "I just think that Hali has done a brilliant job of articulating herself.
I think a lot the time, when somebody expresses themselves it's seen as a frustration and aggressive. Whereas I think what Hali has done, is just open up about how it really feels. She's made people feel comfortable that actually it doesn't matter what race you are, this is an important issue for all of us and it's something that we all need to stand up against.
It's being against racism; it's not being against a certain race. It's not this race versus that race, it's all of us against racism." "I think Hali's put that across in a really nice way and made people feel comfortable and helped people understand that's where we're at."
Malcolm, who is Thunder's vice-captain as well as an England Rose, also took to social media and she shared a highly personal message. The message included her voicing experiences of microaggressions and commenced with thoughts from when she was a young girl about wanting to change the color of her skin: "From a young age I really wanted to be white and I didn't really understand at that age why I wanted to be white" she said.
Laura Malcolm on Back Lives Matter and racism
Then Malcolm told: "I was quite sad about my hair, I used to cry about it and I spoke about this with my brother not too long ago actually. You just think [now], that's crazy - how I felt.
I probably at the time didn ' t know why I felt like that. As you get older, you start seeing things and being more aware of things, like getting followed around shops every time that you go shopping and always being asked for your bags to be checked.
My brother has definitely been in a position where he's stopped a fight, and the bouncers have come over to him and pinned him down. Those situations are happening. Definitely. It's a real shame that these things are happening, and it is making young people feel that way.
It made me feel that way and racism is definitely still dominant in our society. It's probably just evolved I guess, and is slightly different to how it used to be. One area, which many have discussed while sharing their views on the Black Lives Matter movement is the subject of continued communication and communication with all.
I've had these conversations with other members of the team. I know that my experiences are shared, in some sense, with other members. I guess from my side, I probably talk to other black people, other mixed-race people that share those experiences but it's comfortable to me.
I know that actually, some other team-mates might not understand it so I wouldn't go to them. That's the kind of missing piece I guess, it's being comfortable from my side of experiencing it to share that information and also from the other side to welcome that - not necessarily give an opinion but just to listen to it and ponder on it. Then , have the confidence to then say what needs to be said after that."