Kumar Sangakkara
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Kumar Sangakkara reacts to protests against racism in the USA with a barrage of tweets

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has reacted to the ongoing protests across the United States of America (USA) in response to George Floyd’s demise. Floyd, an African-American man, was killed last week when a police officer pressed his knee on the former’s neck after which he was choked to death.

A lot of celebrities and public figures across the world have reacted to the unfortunate incident. Now, Sangakkara has also offered his views and urged people to create a better society.


In a series of tweets, Sanga said that regardless of the country, the state should not fix the people’s sensibilities and sensitivities. He said: “That’s your choice and mine,”.

“The activism in America against systemic racism and injustice is a powerful lesson to us all,” said Sangakkara on Tuesday.


Sangakkara said: “The State should not determine our wisdom, compassion, empathy and understanding. It should not and cannot limit the openness of our hearts and minds to others nor our ability to embrace and value difference and differences.”


Sangakkara further added: “We also choose our representatives from among our own. We are responsible for the character traits they bring to government. We are accountable for the people they are or have become. Our influence and nurture have set Their nature.”

“We need to be better people,” said Sanga.

The 42-year-old stated that people’s strengths and their weaknesses are mirrored in each other’s conduct and in the manner of their elective representatives.

Sangakkara articulated that ordinary citizens can together achieve extraordinary change for a better society.

The second highest double-century holder even said it’s up to today’s choices which will determine the future of the upcoming generation.

“If we want to be proud of our lives, to see our children proud to carry our legacy forward and onwards, then let’s be better. Let’s demand it of ourselves, for each other, for our children. CHOOSE,” Sangakkara concluded.

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