Ross Taylor's big disclosure, said- 'There was racial insensitivity in NZ cricket...'

Ross Taylor, one of New Zealand's best players, recently made a big disclosure and spoke about how he and other players have faced racism in New Zealand cricket.

In his new autobiography  "Ross Taylor Black and White" after retiring from international cricket earlier this year, Taylor wrote that cricket in New Zealand was "a fundamentalist white game" and experienced racism inside the dressing room. which was considered a potentially "joke" by those involved in the rooms.

Taylor wrote in an article published by the New Zealand Herald, "Cricket fundamentalism is the pretty white sport in New Zealand. For most of my career, I have been an anomaly, a brown face in a vanilla line-up." He wrote in the New Zealand Herald, "That in itself poses a number of challenges, many of which are not obvious to your teammates or the cricketing public. Given that the sport is dramatically under-represented in the Polynesian community, it may be a no-brainer. Not surprisingly, people sometimes assume that I am Māori or Indian."

"In many ways, the dressing room is the barometer. A teammate used to say to me, 'You're a half-good guy, Ross, but who's half-good? You don't know what I'm saying.' I was pretty sure I did. Other players have to come along with those commenting on their ethnicity."

In all likelihood, a Pakeha (white New Zealander) hearing comments like this would be thinking, 'Oh, that's okay, that's just a joke.' But he's hearing it as a white guy and it's not directed at people like him. So, there's no pushback; no one corrects them. Then the target hits the spot.

"You have to wonder if you should pull them up, but worry you'll cause a bigger problem or be accused of playing the race card by making harmless jokes at racism. It's easy to develop thick skin and let it slide, but does it? Is it the right thing to do?"

Elsewhere, Taylor also wrote about her experiences in New Zealand team environments that were racially "insensitive".

An NZC spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald: "NZC condemns racism, is a staunch supporter of the NZ Human Rights Commission's 'Give nothing to racism' campaign, and is deeply disappointed by Ross' exposure to such behaviour. We will certainly contact Ross to discuss the matter."

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