Posts Tagged ‘racism’

Racism? Get over it.

July 28, 2015

There are none so blind ...

The latest earnest issue being feverishly discussed in our media is the almost universal condemnation of the booing of star AFL footballer Adam Goode.

The whole tone of debate on this issue is quite suffocating.

Everyone is wondering why: and at the same time condemning it. Like most public debates when there are calls of racism, NO ONE seems to want to understand it. The irony of this is that it will lead to inflaming things further.

If we really want to know why there is condemnation for this man then read what the people who are doing it say about him and try to understand rather than silence.

A flood of letters to The Australian basically said it was Goodes’ own fault. In summary:

Calling someone an ape is a throw away line used on anyone, regardless of origin, especially in football matches.

Goode made a fool of himself by bullying a 13 year old girl.

Authorities then chose to make her a national disgrace

Punters don’t like people playing the race card, on or off the field

If he can’t stand the heat he should get another job — such as politics

Clearly, this has nothing to do with race, it has everything to do with personality. It may be hard for Goode but he should not hide behind being Aboriginal. That would be racist.


Andrew Bolt pings the racist double think of the Left with a comment this morning about Tim Soutphommasane praising a war dance by Adam Goodes as “just having pride” and criticising another by white Australians as “suspicious”.

I suspect most of the booers are not racists but people protesting against a new racism. And Soutphommasane sure gives them more to boo.


In a similar vein, the outstanding commentator Paul Sheehan from the SMH points out that the accusation of “racism” is one of the most poisoned accusation used almost exclusively by the Left to close down debate and allow open questioning. As a consequence it pours petrol onto the fire:

First among those is Andrew Pridham, a merchant banker, who is chairman of the Swans. He delivered this message to the public this week via Fairfax Media, “If you’re booing Adam Goodes, I’ve got bad news for you: you’re a racist”.
I’ve got bad news for Pridham: indiscriminate, heated, sanctimonious accusations do not help.
Then there is Jason Mifsud​, the most senior Indigenous official with the AFL. He has proposed that all Indigenous AFL players perform a war dance in support of Goodes. This suggestion is, at best, dubious and, at worst, dense.
Third, and most egregious, is Victoria’s Premier, Daniel Andrews, who said, “He is being booed by people, not all, but many of them, because they have no respect for him and no regard for him as an Aboriginal man and that is shameful”.
Andrews, Pridham, Mifsud and others should know that when you invoke blanket accusations of racism – or homophobia or xenophobia, for that matter – the chances of winning the argument are diminished and will harvest resentment towards blunderbuss reactions.

Recognise what? Indeed

June 13, 2015

As for any obligation to be nothing but respectful of the Aboriginal gerontocracy, I ask: What makes them so special? …Is it not possible to be both an Aboriginal leader, and a vain, obstinate blow hard at the same time?

Kerryn PHOLI

This most extraordinary tirade was published last week by the outstanding writer Kerryn Pholi in The Spectator. As a once “favoured” Aboriginal woman, Pholi nowadays wants to be treated like everyone else, that is, as an Australian on her merits, and not as some sort of “deserving” Aboriginal.

In one brief article, she exposing the hypocrisy of the Aboriginal Industry on the one hand, and the fawning deference white Australians patronisingly pour onto the “wise” elders on the other.

Given that journalists are supposed to be the most hardboiled of cynics, our national newspaper’s enthusiasm for the cause of Aboriginal constitutional recognition is hard to fathom. Perhaps the Australian is banking on being front and centre when the news of a ‘Yes’ vote drops, to capture the perfect image of grizzled old campaigners doing victorious high-fives all around.

The article appears as Time Gentlemen Please, in the 6th of June Spectator.

Pholi concludes:

The media’s critical faculties tend to shrivel in the presence of Aboriginal leaders, allowing the cultural significance of Aboriginal recognition to expand to mythic proportions. If we are to debate Aboriginal recognition in a sensible way, we need to entertain the possibility that the venerable greybeards pushing for recognition are not infallible. The seniors chasing their own ‘67 moment won’t be the ones living with the aftermath, and the ideals they have long supported might not be shared by those who come after. Perhaps the challenge for the PM is not how to make good on his promise to deliver Aboriginal recognition, but how to provide the present Aboriginal leadership with a satisfying, face-saving, last hurrah.