Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. #1 by Ms Clooney on June 2, 2015 - 7:06 am. "I saw an old man, Mother. Adam Goodes, AFL, Eddie McGuire, Political Correctness, Racism, Sydney Swans, The Go Foundation, War Cry. Finally someone who has been able to write a comprehensive and sound argument about the many reasons people boo Goodes without the witch hunt frenzy and racist rant. As many naysayers as there are out there, there are hundreds upon thousands of people who do agree and give me support.”. “I was 13 once, a long time ago. So was it a turning point? The mere mention of his name will draw a long list of superlatives, and an equally long list of criticisms. In 2014, aged 34, Adam Goodes became the first VFL-AFL footballer to be named Australian of the Year, chosen for his leadership and advocacy in the fight against racism. Acuity is the home of sharp thinking on matters of economics, business and finance. Very few genuine superstars avoid this fate. “Knowing that I could tap back into my spirituality, to still have culture that has been living and breathing in this country for over 40,000 years, was a very personal moment.”. Become a member to join in Australia's biggest sporting debate, submit articles, receive updates straight to your inbox and keep up with your favourite teams and authors. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! He features in an anti-racism video clip produced by the Commission as a Community Service Announcement in partnership with Play by the Rules. "He embodies the creativity, courage and determination we hope to see in our graduates.". When I’ve tried in 140 characters on Twitter, I’ve been branded a racist! He is outspoken, demonstrative and quite frankly a bit of a sook. When Goodes was approached to retrace his ancestry in the SBS television series Who Do You Think You Are? Since then, in a couple of matches, he has faced boos from the crowd in what appears to be backlash. Unlike, say, Michael Long, Nicky Winmar, or Goodes’s co-founder of The Go Foundation and former teammate Michael O’Loughlin, all of whom are universally loved by the football community and society? You can follow any responses to this entry through RSS 2.0. Dr Soutphommasane said Mr Goodes has delivered a simple but important message: that there is no place for racism in Australia. So when a young boy who supports Sydney and loves Adam Goodes sees his hero address racism in the manner he has in the past week, that young boy will understand for the rest of his life racism is unacceptable in our society. As a mixed-race child — his father is of European descent, his mother is Aboriginal — he’s been called names from both sides. So why does he attract so much negativity? He will complain to – or about – anyone; his teammates, opponents, the umpires, the AFL, media commentators and indeed the wider public. ( Log Out / We should not forget as well the toll all this is having on the man in question. When he told a story he traced the fold in a tablecloth with his forefinger just like you. If they see something that goes against what the business is, or the behaviours, or core values, they will challenge someone about it.”. On the pitch, the Sydney Swans champion cuts a muscled Adonis figure standing at 1.94m tall. It’s all about your actions. It reflects poorly on our country that many Australians still classify the white race superior to others. Change ). There is no place for racism in a society which has evolved into a culture based on fairness and equality. Any gutless human being unwitting enough to call Adam Goodes soft should attempt to comprehend how it feels for his people to be discriminated against for an issue supposedly erased 20 years ago. Because the AFL is such a high profile competition in our nation, it must become a barometer for the standards of equality and fairness expected in our society. In 1993, Indigenous trailblazer Nicky Winmar made a stand against racism. — Exodus 20:4-6 (AKA ‘The Second Commandment’). The following year, in 2003, Goodes received his first Brownlow Medal, and invited his mother, Lisa May, to the awards night.