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Why We Kneel How We Rise

By: Michael Holding
Narrated by: Michael Holding
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Summary

Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize 2021.

Winner of the Sunday Times Sports Book Awards Book of the Year

The Times and Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year.

The highly acclaimed Sunday Times best seller.

Through the prism of sport and conversations with its legends, including Usain Bolt, Adam Goodes, Thierry Henry, Michael Johnson, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Makhaya Ntini, Naomi Osaka and Hope Powell, Michael Holding explains how racism dehumanises people; how it works to achieve that end, how it has been ignored by history and historians; and what it is like to be treated differently just because of the colour of your skin.

Rarely can a rain delay in a cricket match have led to anything like the moment when Holding spoke out in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter protests about the racism he has suffered and has seen all around him throughout his life. But as he spoke, he sought not only to educate but to propose a way forward that inspired so many. Within minutes, he was receiving calls from famous sports stars from around the world offering to help him to spread the message further.

Now, in Why We Kneel, How We Rise, Holding shares his story together with those of some of the most iconic athletes in the world. He delivers a powerful and inspiring message of hope for the future and a vision for change and takes you through history to understand the racism of today. He adds: 'To say I was surprised at the volume of positive feedback I received from around the world after my comments on Sky Sports is an understatement. I came to realise I couldn’t just stop there; I had to take it forward—hence the book, as I believe education is the way forward.'

©2021 Michael Holding. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, UK. All Rights Reserved.

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"The best book about racism I’ve ever read." (Piers Morgan)

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Absolutely brilliant

What a brilliant Well read book by Michael Holding, very insightful and overall very optimistic for the future.

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Heartbreaking

I'm ashamed of my history. I should have been taught these facts in school.
Thankyou for telling these truths.

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white people like me need to hear this

This needs to be heard by anyone who denies white privilege . Really well presented.

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Essential reading

I found this book gripping, painful and essential reading. I am recommending it to everyone I know and will be taking it to schools with the same intention.

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Fantastic listen

learnt so much about things I'd never heard of. brilliant narration as your expect from Michael Holding. I think sticking to facts was a good way to make the points clear

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superb

a superb read / listen ,a truthful and insightful look at the problems ,the causes and what should and could be done to change the status quo for ALL for the BETTER.....thank you Michael holding 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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Powerful book on the impact of racism

I remember watching Michael Holding bowling for the West Indies in the early 1980s, nicknamed "Whispering Death" he had a long run up and was devastatingly fast and accurate. Now best known as a commentator and pundit he is respected by sports people all over the world. Mikey was moved to tears in 2020 when asked about racism in sport on TV following the death of George Floyd. Any sportsman is contacted by someone as iconic as Michael Holding will take the call and in this book the author recounts conversations he has had recently with, amongst others, Thierry Henry, Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan and Makhaya Ntini who talk about the de-humanising racism they have encountered in their sports.
This deeply moving book covers the history of racial intolerance including the works of Voltaire, Hume and even US President Jefferson who considered white skinned people to be the superior race and the cognitive dissidence regarding slavery. The elite sports people that Michael Holding spoke to were against quotas or positive discrimination and generally believe that education us the key as racism is a learned behaviour. The England cricket team were the first to stop "taking the knee" following one short short series against West Indies in 2020 and sadly there is still a long way to go. This is a powerful book.

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As hard-hitting as his deliveries

Anyone who claims that taking the knee is a waste of time should read or listen to this. As well as Mikey's own encounters with racism, it is reinforced by testimonials from other sporting stars; Thierry Henry, Hope Powell, fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt and the man whose anger and bravery formulated the gesture pitchside, Colin Kapernick.

It is not always an easy listen in terms of content, especially the historical "scientific" justifications for the slave trade and the harrowing history of Australia's treatment of its indigineous population but it is most certainly enlightening and educational and one cannot fail to know or understand just what white privilege is upon completion. A masterpiece.

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Fabulous listen

It was an absolutely amazing book brimming with so much history some of which I was only half aware of and hearing Michael's rich Jamaican tones brought back memories of my Dad!!

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An epic listern

This is without doubt the seminal word on why blacks are oppressed. Mikey offers sound evaluation of contemporary issues with an enveloping historical thread. Anybody want to challenge racist attitudes, the reasoning behind the black lives matter protest, tell them to read this. An outstanding book