Mark Fish: All Lives Matter Comment Raises Tongues

One of South Africa’s decorated professional footballer, Mark Fish, has come under fire after enraging Twitter users with an “All Lives Matter” tweet.

“If you stand for nothing, you will fall for everything. All Lives matter,” wrote Fish.

Fish is a darling of many in the country, in part, due to being a member of the class of 1996 that won the 1996 African Cup of Nations on the first attempt on home soil, after South Africa was re-admitted to FIFA in 1992.

Fish’s comments come at a time when coronavirus is showing the country flames, at least according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Mark Fish and the “All Lives Matter” post

While South Africa prides itself on being a rainbow nation, racial tensions have soared in the past couple of years and reached new highs.

In recent weeks, South Africa’s celebrated former cricket player Makhaya Ntini opened in an interview about how faced racism from his teammates during his playing days.

The bone of contention is that all lives matter, but right now, the focus in on black people. The Black Lives Matter Movement gained worldwide momentum after the death of George Floyd, a black American who died at the ‘knee’ of a police officer.

Twitter reminded Mark Fish that all lives matter, but it is insensitive of him to generalize a specific issue that needs to be dealt with.

Another user posted that Fish doesn’t care about BLM because he knew that his tweet would get him into trouble, but he still did.

Fish was accused of being racist and not caring about blacks or the struggles they face. However, Fish responded on the same platform saying that he is not a racist.

When South Africa’s black Twitter is outraged by something or someone, then the culprit must fall. And in no time, the#MarkFishmustfall hashtag was trending.

Fish became a household name because of football, a sport predominantly followed and supported by blacks in South Africa.

Will Fish be still recognized and adored in the same way he was before the tweet? Only time will tell, but for now, it’s a different story.

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