Thursday 24 June 2021 9:13 PM UTC
LONDON June 24: Michael Holding has been praised for a passionate speech in which he described racial inequality in the UK as a “load of bollocks”. The cricket commentator and former player for the West Indies made the comments during an appearance on Good Morning Britain (GMB) to discuss his new book Why We Kneel, How We Rise.
“We have people growing up, subconsciously or not, thinking they are superior to other races,” Holding told GMB hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard.
“And we have people growing up, subconsciously or not, thinking they are inferior to other races and that is a load of bollocks, as you’d say.”
Shephard apologised to viewers for the expletive but added that “no one would question” Holding’s words. “Everyone understands the sentiment behind it,” he said.
Later on in the programme, presenter Andi Peters thanked Holding for his comments, saying the use of the word “bollocks” had “just expressed it all”.
“What sometimes as a person of colour you go through is a load of old… [bollocks] and it’s actually just nice to hear somebody say it on television so that everyone hears it,” he said.
“What he said about being followed in shops, supermarkets, because of your colour of skin – that really exists.
“It happens to me enough times for me to know, ‘oh, somebody thinks I’m going to nick the wispa bar, I’m not, I’m just going to get it and pay for it like everybody else’.
“It was just so refreshing to hear somebody speak to openly about it on the television.
“It meant a lot to me and I’m sure a lot of people watching were like, do you know what, thank you Michael, because he speaks the truth.”
Holding’s comments also prompted a positive response on social media, with viewers calling him an “inspiration” and describing his words as “powerful and wise”.
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