Yes another article about Adam Goodes, and I know that your thinking this issue has been exhausted throughout the media in the past week, what could be left to say?
If you read my post last week about the Delta Goodrem retweet scandal I apologize that again I will be challenging the notion of racism within Australia.
As the media donned the situation moncler jacket sale ‘The new face of Australian racism is 13 year olds it sparked debate whether due to her young age and inexperience, was the taunt a shout of deep seated culture hatred or an act of school yard bullying?
What kind of society are we facilitating, when our next generation of leaders are calling an indigenous man an ‘ape’?
Collingwood President Eddie McGuire urged the outraged defenders of Goodes:
“It’s really important, though, that we remember she’s a young girl and not to walk away from education rather than humiliation”.
I questioned last week, the meaning of racism. Is it the offense taken or the intent of the remark to ridicule another culture?
Jessica (the young girl) has since spoken saying:
“I didn’t mean any harm and now I’ll think twice before I speak”.
She is young, she is ignorant, and she obviously has grown up in an environment where words like ‘ape’ have been used to describe our indigenous people. Does this expel her from carrying responsibility for her actions? Or is it her parents and schools which are to blame?
The issue now is that within today’s age and culturally diverse climate, kids are still growing up learning these ignorant and offensive views from those around them.
Which brings me back to Eddie’s words “education not humiliation”. Rather than launching a society attack on the 13 year old girls ignorance, we should be working on the bigger picture of tackling racism by teaching tolerance and acceptance. Especially within Australia’s future leaders, we need to start teaching in schools.
Adam Goodes, AFL, Indigenous, racismDated: May 28 2013
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