Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Goodes

Oh dear, the natives are getting restless. We had better do a bit of smoothing. Tick, done that. So many made an effort to approve one of our indigenous. Good thing, hey.

Interesting to me is how vindictive some media commentators have been but don't they have point?

This damn boong footballer is acting up and not playing the game as suits us whities.

I have thought about this Goodes business for a few days, heard much, read much and I have really struggled to understand what it was about. I have supplanted a white person in my mind and thought about if a white footy player became a bit antsy and was booed. Doesn't help.

I did not want to believe that the constant booing of Goodes is pure racism. There is something else behind this, I hoped.

People just don't like him. He is too aggressive about his Aboriginal identity. He is not content to be a well rewarded native for his sporting prowess.

The cynical me thinks he has set himself up well for the future as a commentator on racism.

Yes, much speculation about what I don't understand.

I am oldish, not particularly wise, but what I will say is the Goodes abuse was appalling. I had vaguely good thoughts about Aussie Rules sports spectators, but that has well and truly gone and Australian football spectators have shown themselves at their most base.

You may want to read Pant's take on the matter. 


26 comments:

  1. Andrew, Aborigen identity is not a shame in my opinion is the pride

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    1. Gosia, that is the point. The spectators only have a problem when pride is shown.

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  2. I think the whole thing is disgraceful, regardless of race. He was a celebrated Australian of the Year, and I didn't hear the racists in the media two years ago. But I am sure they were there. I fear the racism that is behind this, if that is the 'real' Australia. Well done you for blogging about it.

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    1. Carol, still I am trying to find something about it that means it wasn't racist, but I know I am hunting in vain.

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  3. Yes, as you commented it is 'the pride' upsetting the haters. Haters get fearful if 'these natives get uppity', and want them subservient, in their place, and grateful to be allowed to play in 'our' teams.
    Must choke them that indigenous Australians are such brilliant footballers .. and spare a thought for Graham 'Polly' Farmer who was the opposite of Goodes all through his career as a top AFL player.

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    1. Ann, yes I am just old enough to remember Farmer and race was never an issue, that I recall.

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  4. I'm not a football followers as in a serious one. However, I take an interest. The first I heard of those booing was when a child started it. Then I thought many players get bood because they did something the crowd didn't like. Adam takes his Aborginality on the field in my opinion way too far. People obviously don't like it, I wouldn't care for it, he's there to play football not to tell us he's an Aboriginal.
    Things have gone way too far it seems....

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    1. Margaret, didn't it all begin with him being taunted with racist comments from the crowd? I doubt he would have become an on field activist had it not been for that. I think you have to be other than white to truly understand what it feels like. When I was younger I had a taste of when names were called out at me, but I could switch off being on doing anything gay in public and it would go away, although not everyone can do that.

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    2. I don't know if it was 'first' a racist taunt. All i know a child bood him. He obviously can't let that type of thing go over his head/ignore it...that's easier said than done...i can ignore or not listen.

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    3. Called him an ape, actually. If it was a one off, let it go perhaps, but I am sure he had received such abuse many times.

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  5. Excellent post. Also read Pant's post. I must say, I was stunned when we were in Australia to realize how badly Aboriginals are treated in this day and age.

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    1. Jackie, many of us wring our hands about the problem and some brilliant and caring people do some terrific work. Much taxpayer money is spent and with some good results but there is a general attitude by some that 'they' will always be a problem. The difference between here and your country and our respective relations with the first people, is that in your country things started off on a much more equal footing, as it did in New Zealand. Ours was purely an invasion and take over of land.

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  6. Andrew

    Adam Goodes takes screamers that noone else can hope for... and he can goal from impossible angles. There is almost universal agreement that he is tall, talented and fast.

    So I don't think the booing had anything to do with his on-ground behaviour. Racists resent that Goodes was named Australian of the Year in 2014, but not for his athletic skills. Rather, he was rewarded for his vital community work including opposing racism.

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    1. Hels, undoubtedly the award has something to do with it but there must be more to it than that.

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  7. I cannot abide racism.......... or any 'ism' or 'ice'. Not in any way, shape, or form. It looks as though he's modeling a good, healthy pride that will benefit those who are younger and who need that sort of role model. Heaven forfend!

    Really, is our own sense of self/heritage so shaky that someone else's pride will shake it's foundations?? If so, go seek help.

    Read Pant's post; I now have a blog crush.

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    1. Jac, I think that as you describe, that is his intention. Pants is a friend who as well as talking the talk well, has walked the walk when she lived in London. While I don't always agree with everything she says, she does make her points very well.

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    2. It is, as you know, as big a problem in the States; if not bigger, and I'm not very good at keeping my mouth shut...

      Imagine that! lol

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    3. From a casual observers perspective, I noticed a good bit of connection between races in New York, more so than here. But Manhattan is not America and inner Melbourne is not Australia.

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  8. LOVED Pant's post.
    Goodness we are are shameful lot at the moment.

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    1. EC, and every time I write something like this, I am reminded in comments of how we are perceived outside of our country.

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  9. All football games I have been to, there were two so I'm no expert people go for one team or another and they do shout out abuse about the team and players they don't like, isn't that what happens.
    Having never gone to AFL or watched it on tele, but I have seen his little dance a million times now isn't that good for the game and lets face it haven't The Swans lost a few games lately takes everyones mind off the losses.
    Merle......

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    1. Merle, I did find him to be funny on the field. Some calling out by spectators is ok, but not abusive stuff. Spoils the game for those sitting around someone abusive too.

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  10. Too bad we're not all blind and get around using other senses, maybe unable to speak also. Probably be an easier world for all, but especially for the bullied and those "different" than the current majority. How boring would this world be should we all come from the same background, believe the same things, talk the same way. I'd nod off, I swear.

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    1. Strayer, true words spoken. Our comfort levels need to be challenged, lest we become smug and die of boredom.

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  11. I don't follow football, but I've heard and read about the booing going on. Is he the only player being booed? If that's the case there is clearly some racism going on and those people need to get over it. Ignore the colour and focus on the skills. He's a footballer, one of a team. He doesn't even look particularly Aboriginal, with that straight nose he could be Armenian......why do people care so much? He's a human being like we all are.

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    1. River, it seems like an unorganised campaign against him. Interesting that no football player has had an opinion or an issue with him.

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