West Indies and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder Andre Russell is furious after picture of a police officer pointing a rubber-bullet gun at a young black girl went viral on social media. Russell who won hearts with his stellar all-round skills and power hitting ability during the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was taken aback by the picture of a young girl sitting on her father’s shoulders while having a rubber-bullet gun being pointed at her by a white police officer. The picture has caught the attention of many during one of these protests at Long Beach in California.
Andre Russell also shared the picture on his Instagram account and wrote a strong message along with it.
“Look at this shit thats going on this is disturbing. Wonder whats going g on in this poor little girl mind,” Russell captioned the post.
George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25 has triggered massive outrage in the US with people taking to the streets to protest against racism suffered by the black people in America. The #BlackLivesMatter movement has gained a lot of attention over the past few days since the protests began in the US.
Sports figures from all across the world have condemned the incident and asked for justice to be delivered to George Floyd’s family. Russell’s West Indies teammate Chris Gayle also vented his anger on social media on Monday and even claimed that he has also faced racism in cricket himself.
“Black lives matter just like any other life. Black people matter, p***k all racist people, stop taking black people for fools, even our own black people wise the p***k up and stop bringing down your own! I have travelled the globe and experience racial remarks towards me because I am black, believe me, the list goes on.
“Racism is not only in football, it’s in cricket too. Even within teams as a black man, I get the end of the stick. Black and powerful. Black and proud,” Gayle wrote in his Instagram story.
46-year-old George Floyd’s death has triggered massive outrage and unrest with the imposition of curfews in dozens of cities across the United States, while in London a demonstration was held in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.