Michael Holding breaks down in tears as he recalls racism his parents suffered

Michael Holding was overcome with emotion while opening up about the racism his parents suffered during a television interview on Thursday afternoon.

The West Indies legend and Sky Sports commentator was following up from a heartfelt speech he made on Wednesday during a rain delay in the Test match between the touring Windies side and England.

"Racism is taught. No one is born a racist," a visibly moved Holding said. "The environment in which you grow, the society in which you live, encourages and teaches racism.

"I was never taught anything good about black people. You cannot have a society brought up like that, both black and white, only teaching what's convenient to the teacher.

"History is written by the conqueror, not those who are conquered. History is written by the people who do the harm, not by the people who get harmed.

"We need to go back and teach both sides of history and until we do that and educate the entire human race, this thing will not stop."

And speaking after the second day of the Test, Holding took time to compose himself as he expanded his comments from the day earlier and opened up on his own family's experience of racism.

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The former fast bowler told Sky News' Mark Austin: "To be honest, that emotional part came when I started thinking of my parents. And it’s got me again now.

"Mark, I know what my parents went through. My mother’s family stopped talking to her because her husband was too dark. I know what they went through and that came back to me immediately.

“Well, it’s going to be a slow process, Mark. But I hope, even if it’s a baby step at a time, even a snail’s pace, but I’m hoping it will continue in the right direction. Even a snail’s pace – I don’t care.”

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