The brutal police killing of an African American man George Floyd on May 25 sparked outrage and protests in the USA. In the weeks following his death, people all over the world called out the blatant disregard for black lives, and a much-needed conversation about diversity and inclusion started on social media. As for Indian personalities speaking up against racism and supporting #BlackLivesMatter, many Indians called out their hypocrisy and slammed them for failing to address issues in their own country. Now, cricketer Irfan Pathan has aired his views on the debate and addressed the issue faced in our country as well.
Irfan Khan tweeted that racism isn’t just restricted to the color of the skin, but discrimination due to faith is also racism. He linked it to not being able to buy an apartment in a lot of places just because you have a certain ‘faith’. “Racism is not restricted to the colour of the skin. Not allowing to buy a home in a society just because u have a different faith is a part of racism too... #convenient #racism,” tweeted Irfan. After his tweet, many wanted to know if this is something Irfan Pathan himself went through.
However, while speaking to Telegraph, Irfan Pathan clarified that it was just an observation and not his personal experience.
Elaborating further about the need for change in Indian society, Irfan Pathan said, “See, we first need to understand that there is a problem. If we accept there is a problem and there’s an issue, then we will be able to get better in the areas concerned. I feel, as a country, ours is the most amazing in the world. But we still have a long way to go.” He also added that we can’t live in denial and that we need to accept the things we need to get better at. ALSO READ: Irfan Pathan-Yusuf Pathan Recreate The EPIC Chai Scene From Salman Khan-Aamir Khan's Andaz Apna Apna; Fans Hail, 'Super Pathan Bros'
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