Feeling pretty disheartened by the racist and derogatory commentary relating to AFL player, Adam Goodes both in the wider community and disappointingly, more closer to home.
I don’t give a fig about AFL football. However, I care deeply about our multicultural society. Australia is uniquely defined by its people, its land and its indigenous inheritance. The things that bind us together and our respect for diversity enriches us all.
Mr Goodes is a proud indigenous man and a former Australian of the Year. I am not interested in a debate about his conduct as a football player. He is a role model for many young indigenous people and Australia is a better place because of people like him.
If you are my friend and you post or ‘like’ material on social media that is racist, I don’t care what your reason for doing so is, you’re wrong and I will call you out. I don’t care how long we’ve been friends, you’re wrong and I will call you out. Moral courage is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of potential adverse consequences.
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. I will call racism out whenever and wherever I see it.
I recommend Celeste Liddle’s piece in The Guardian yesterday: ‘So an imaginary spear is more terrifying than racism. Really?’