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Beast on #BLM: Rassie tackled elephant in the room

Beast on #BLM: Rassie tackled elephant in the room
Mon 27 Jul 2020 | 05:35
Beast on #BLM: Rassie tackled elephant in the room
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WATCH as Springboks centurion Tendai Mtawarira gives his take on the polemical Black Live Matter saga.

Mtawarira joined his World Cup-winning captain Siyamthanda Kolisi in addressing the issues around the #BLM movement.

The record-setting 117-times capped loosehead prop highlighted the role that coach Rassie Erasmus played in addressing the ‘elephant in the room’.

“After listening to Siya’s take on black lives matter and inclusion in South Africa, I felt compelled to make this video and stand in solidarity and support with him,” Mtawarira wrote on his Instagram page.

“I have a full understanding of how systems in our country have marginalised certain demographics and ethnic groups.

“It’s not easy doubting and second-guessing yourself, not because of your lack of talent and drive but because you do not fall into certain ‘acceptable’ categories.

“It’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that you have to put in twice the work to get half the opportunities available.

“We need to afford each other the same equal opportunities in sport, corporate spaces, schools and the communities at large. We need also harness the power of our diversity.

“But diversity with no inclusion is futile.

“I’m glad over the last two years the Springboks through Rassie’s leadership, have begun to address what was once the elephant in the room and it’s already started to bear tremendous fruit.

“I look forward to the day when this blueprint is the norm rather than the exception.”

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After listening to Siya’s take on black live’s matter and inclusion in South Africa, I felt compelled to make this video and stand in solidarity and support with him. I have a full understanding of how systems in our country have marginalized certain demographics and ethnic groups. It’s not easy doubting and second guessing yourself, not because of your lack of talent and drive but because you do not fall into certain “acceptable” categories . It’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that you have to put in twice the work to get half the opportunities available. We need to afford eachother the same equal opportunities in sport, corporate spaces, schools and the communities at large. We need also harness the power of our diversity. But diversity with no inclusion is futile. I’m glad over the last 2 years the Springboks through Rassie’s leadership, have begun to address what was once the elephant in the room and it’s already started to bear tremendous fruit. I look forward to the day when this blueprint is the norm rather than the exception #blacklivesmatter✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿#bethechangeyouwanttosee#thetimeisnow 👊🏽👊🏽#pavingthewayforthenextgeneration

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