Michael Holding says people must 'call out' and 'embarrass' racists

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Before he began a career as a broadcaster, Michael Holding took 249 wickets in the West Indies.

Michael Holding, West Indies' great Michael Holding, says that people must "call out and embarrass racists" if equality is to happen.

Holding published a book earlier this year about racial discrimination. He revealed that he was subject to "barbaric" abuse while playing in England.

After speaking with eloquence on the topic of external-link after George Floyd's death, the 67-year old was widely praised.

He now calls for people to be anti-racist, saying that "you need good people to stop being silence."

Holding spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live's All About program. He said that it was no longer acceptable to simply say "I am fine, but I am not racist".

"Now you have to be anti-racist. You must call out racists and embarrass them.

"Don't be content to remain silent and tell yourself, "I'm not like him/her." You must be anti.

Holding, a former fast bowler, was part of the famous Windies attack in the 1970s and 1980s. He took 249 wickets in 60 Tests. He also played county cricket for Lancashire as well as Derbyshire.

After a 30-year career in broadcasting, the Jamaican retired in September.

Holding stated that his speech on Sky Sports following Floyd's death was: "Many people don't get how difficult it is to be black people and people with colour to keep this thing inside, trying not to notice it and living a normal lifestyle."

"This is how I tried to show people that this is not the right way to live. Many people live on the edges.

"I don’t believe I’ll be around to see equality for all, but I do hope that we are moving in that direction." There are signs that we are moving in this direction.

Holding said, "You still have people behaving as fools. You won't get rid of everybody, I think.

"But, more and more good people speak out and more people open their eyes and ears.

"I meet a lot people on the streets in England, I get messages, coming across and understanding what is happening."