Embarrassing and ironic.
In the English Premiership, it's the British rugby players showing support for Black Lives Matter.
And it's the African players - our own Springboks - refusing to take the knee before matches.
Our World Cup champions, ambassadors for South Africa, publicly showing that they do not support a global campaign for social justice for black people.
You might have expected it from the Brits -- they did not invent colonialism, slavery and racism, but they were certainly masters of it for two centuries.
Actually no, fair play to the Pommie players. Well done to the EPL footballers too.
But our own Bokke - Faf de Klerk, Robert, Jean-Luc and Dan du Preez, Lood de Jager, Akker van der Merwe, and Coenie Oosthuizen?
What must South Africans think, watching this on TV?
If a black or coloured laaitie, who idolises the Boks, asks: "Dad, why didn't they kneel for BLM?"
What does the parent say?
"Because they don't support social justice for black people."
And that would be a tactful response.
A rude answer would be: "Because white rugby players are still bleddie racist!"
And suddenly South African rugby is right back in the 1980s.
The controversy has serious implications for the Springbok team.
What happens at the next Test match?
You can be sure that Siya Kolisi will take the knee - the captain's whole life story has been a Black Lives Matter triumph.
His teammates and other "players of colour" would support the cause.
But then what about the players who remain standing?
How do they explain to Bongi Mbonambi, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Cheslin Kolbe and co.?
"It's my freedom of choice NOT to support blacks." Really?
Eish... All of Kolisi and Rassie Erasmus' good work undone.
And how do the fans, the nation, respond to this?
Do you see where this is going? Another national disaster .
So what do we do to avert a crisis?
Close our eyes, wish and pray that the BLM phenomenon dies down?
Not likely, we've seen the movement gaining momentum with sports returning to "normal".
Silly question, but it bears asking: Why the fierce opposition to BLM?
What's so wrong with supporting social justice for people of colour?
We're all African here. We're all reasonably educated.
We all know what happened to black people on this continent for the last 400 years - unless you've just flown in from Jupiter.
We all know the ANC has failed to redress this.
Hell, they can't fill a pothole, did you expect them to undo 400 years of injustice... in the space of 26 years?
Why not support the cause? Is it really so hard to bring yourself to support black people?
What do you have to lose?
Some good might actually come from standing up for each other. #StrongerTogether mos.
Instead, look at the mess we're in.
The minister of sport, Nathi Mthethwa, is highly embarrassed by this and spitting mad.
And he is expecting SA Rugby to explain this fiasco and come up with a clear BLM policy ASAP.
"All Lives Matter" ain't gonna cut it. Of course it wouldn't.
You can’t address one issue by shouting another slogan loudly over it.
Black Lives Matter... NO! ALL LIVES MATTER!!!
Save the rhino... NO! ALL ANIMALS MATTER!!!
Stop the farm attacks... NO! ALL CRIMES MATTER!!!
Stop the spread of Covid-19... NO! ALL DISEASES MATTER!!!
Look, every one of these issues matters.
But if we keep shouting over and trying to silence one another, no problem will ever be solved.
Anyway, let's hope SARU and the sports ministry can find a beneficial solution.
For the sake of rugby, the fans and the public.