Adam Goodes documentary sparks breastbeating about race in Australia
Unmentioned below is that it is common for footballers to be booed by supporters of the opposing team. It has been handed down from on high that such booing is "racist". But lots of white footballers have been heavily booed. For one or two people race may have had something to do with it but the great majority of it was not racist. Australia has in general remarkable racial harmony. We even put up with Middle-Eastern Muslims.
Goodes was a crybaby. And that REALLY wound up the spectators. Showing weakness just invites further attack. His onfield antics were rightly criticized as foolish.
What the wise-heads are ignoring is that Goodes was aggressive, confrontational and a whiner. He has done a lot to make himself unpopular. He once did some sort of Aboriginal war dance on the football field, complete with an imaginary spear thrown in the direction of the opposing fans -- Not exactly the "mature discussion about the state of race relations in this country" that his Leftist supporters called for.
It got to the point that he just had to run onto the field to get booed. He made himself an oppositional figure.
Adam Goodes’ documentary in which he addressed routine bullying and racism he faced in Australia while playing in the AFL sparked an outpouring of emotion and support for the former Sydney Swans star.
The Final Quarter aired on Channel 10 on Thursday night and showed the booing and abuse Goodes faced over the last three seasons of his career, eventually driving him into an early retirement.
After hosting a special late-night edition of The Project, Waleed Aly penned an opinion piece for The Sydney Morning Herald where he outlined the justification behind people’s booing of Goodes.
“Critics of Goodes loved to point out that there were more than 70 other Indigenous players in the AFL who weren’t getting booed at the time,” Aly wrote.
“That sort of thing is falsely offered as a defence against the charge of racism because it pretends racism can exist only if the prejudice in question applies to every single member of a race; that if something is not exclusively about skin colour, then race is not a factor at all. But that’s almost never how it works.
“More often, racism lives in the double standards that mean someone gets attacked in a way a white person never would, even if they were to behave in the same way.
“Racism doesn’t require a belief that there are no “good” blacks. In fact, it frequently relies on the “good”, precisely because it wants to identify the “bad” ones.”
After leading the discussion, he capped the night off by thanking those involved in making the film and asked a key question about where we go from here as a nation.
“It seems that what began as personal torment for Adam quickly became a national controversy,” he said.
“The question now really is whether it can become a productive national conversation. And the answer to that question rests with each of us.”
As part of the debate, he explained why there were no indigenous voices in the media representatives appearing on The Project — who discussed how the press handled the issue at the time.
“I deliberately didn’t have an indigenous voice, because I felt that we needed to reflect the media as it was, and that doesn’t include indigenous voices,” he said.
Journalist for The Australian Chip Le Grand told the show that one of the most “disturbing” aspects of the documentary is that it highlights how “a lot of us don’t seem to even know racism when we see it”.
He also said the AFL’s failure to step in and help Goodes was “such a failure of leadership”.
“They just needed someone to clearly stand up, and it was Gill McLachlan’s time, in that instance, to just say: ‘Look, yes, it is complicated but, clearly, race is a part of this, it’s a big part of this, it’s ugly and it has to stop’,” he said.
On Thursday morning on Studio 10, director and award-winning filmmaker, Ian Darling said he wanted “everyone to look at (the documentary) with open eyes and an open heart.”
“Just be prepared to think that maybe we didn’t get it right,” he said. “Literally, every single person I’ve shown it to — from Gill McLachlan at the AFL through to schoolkids — have said ‘Wow, I didn’t understand the extent of the booing’ or ‘I didn’t understand the enormity of the media conversation.’”