Zimbabwean International Rugby Player, Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira says in all his years in sport he has never experienced racism and has been awarded the same opportunities as everyone else.
He said he has realised that sport unites people and encouraged people to look past their differences and respect each other.
In a Facebook post Tendai Mtawarira said:
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.