Teach actual historical past: Sangakkara on racism

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Thursday delivered a robust message towards racism, saying training with out values is not going to cease discrimination.

Sangakkara mentioned a change may be introduced solely by educating actual historical past as an alternative of a sanitised model of it.

Offering his views on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion that has gathered momentum following the demise of African-American George Floyd, Sangakkara mentioned, “It doesn’t matter if you are educated or not. I have seen some of the worse acts committed by people with best education.”

“If your education is not based on values and not rooted in that in-built moral campus then you will be in trouble. Education is not going to take away any of your prejudices, it will only help you argue them away better,” he advised Cricbuzz.

Sangakkara mentioned there are numerous variations of racism and “skin colour is not the only basis for discrimination.”

“If you take Black Lives Matter, if you take racism and discrimination in the world, I think one of the most important things is to teach our children history as it should be, and not the sanitised version of it. We need to shine the spotlight on the whole character — the good, the bad and the ugly,” he mentioned.

“Once one understands what actual historical past is, we’ll discover adjustments in perspective. If you wake individuals as much as that actuality as an alternative of believing we’re the be all and finish all of civilisation, I believe that will likely be a robust lesson to everybody.

“Change received’t occur in a single day, it’s not the flavour of the month the place you protest about it and neglect it. It’s a gradual and tedious course of involving everybody on the earth.”

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