Let me begin by saying I am a white male in my early 30s, therefore I have no realistic concept of how it feels to face racism in my everyday life.
I’m not famous, nor do I have the talent to put myself out there on the sporting arena week after week, plying my trade in front of paying spectators. In fact, if it wasn’t for my sexuality, I would just be your average white, middle class suburbanite.
And that’s the problem – there are far too many people who aren’t indigenous condemning Adam Goodes, playing the ‘it’s not racist’ card. Booing by nature is insulting: instead of making your reasons clear verbally for a decision, statement, or action from a person you don’t agree with, some people resort to booing. In reality, if you look at it objectively, booing is really a childish way of presenting your disapproval.
That’s the crux of it for me. The childish attitudes and the behaviour of many fans that are electing to boo Adam Goodes. This has been apparent, especially in recent weeks, that much of the booing is not an act of intelligent people.
You may say ‘I’m not racist, I’m booing for differing reasons’, but that doesn’t excuse the fact booing is childish behaviour. If the recipient of the booing and taunts feels it is racially motivated, then you are in the wrong – not them. That’s all that matters.
As such, this vilification should be treated as racially motivated. Here’s an example: what if I say something to someone they take offence to – although I didn’t mean to do so, and no offence was intended – but then I am told that it was found to be offensive?
Guess what, I don’t then come out and lambast them, questioning ‘how dare you be offended by that?’ A decent person will acknowledge the mistake and therefore apologise. It’s that simple. Goodes is weary and is struggling to deal with the verbal hate and abuse coming his way. So, what is the response of many?
What a joke. He is clearly hurt and offended and we have the gall to tell him he is wrong?
What a great message to send to the next generation about tolerance and understanding. I always thought the majority of people were good and caring, but now I’m not so sure. That’s the sad state of affairs with the hate for this indigenous sporting icon of Australia, who should be celebrated and revered.
However, he is instead vilified for no other legitimate reason than for standing up for what he believes in and for calling out racism.
It’s a bloody disgrace.