Been giving this a lot of thought over the last 24 hours. Have done a lot of reading too. Here’s some of the stuff that interested me:
“People will boo, they will cheer, they will hiss, sometimes they will swear — it’s the behaviour of the player that can stimulate those responses. Adam Goodes would do well to look at what he’s done bad or good or indifferent and work out what he can do to change that.’’ – Dermott Brereton
“Racism has no place in our game, and while I respect that people may have different views about what is happening to Adam, it is impossible to separate this issue from the issue of race. The booing of Adam Goodes is being felt as racism by him and by many in our football community and as such, I urge our supporters to understand the toll this is having, the message it is sending, and that it does not reflect well on our game.” – Gillon McLachlan
“Adam Goodes is simply holding a mirror up to all of us. The mirror’s not the problem – its what we see in it that’s making us uncomfortable.” – Todd Sampson
“I’m not saying you boo Adam Goodes for racist reasons but when a bunch of racists are doing it too maybe stop.” – Titus O’Reilly
“I’d be very curious to know what the people booing Adam Goodes actually get out of it. Do they go home and ponder over the great thing they did by booing a guy plying his trade on the footy field? There have been plenty of very ordinary blokes who’ve played AFL and they’ve not been subjected to the systematic abuse Goodes has been putting up with. I just can’t work out why people are defending what amounts to shit, ignorant behaviour. The bloke’s tried to use the platform he has, to try to advance Aboriginal rights and he’s booed and labelled a flog. I find this very confusing.” – David Mainsbridge (a friend of mine) on Facebook
“I don’t like the guy , he plays for free kicks and in my opinion can be a dirty player, several times I have seen him in my opinion cross the line , having said that I would never waste my time booing him.” – a comment on his post.
“Did he murder someone? Did he assault someone? No and no. The answer — it is said — is because he plays for free kicks, that he used to slide into contests, that he dives and that he is a whinger. And if you believe those to be the reasons, you’re an imbecile.” – Mark Robinson
“Is the racism card played too often and too quickly these days?” – @Bombergrl2000
“What I will say to those who boo Goodes is now that he has opened up and said he is deeply hurt by the booing, and is battling frustration and all its bad energy targeted towards him, and would be disappointed if he leaves the game and that was the aftermath of his career – will you now stop booing?”- Kevin Bartlett
Its a topic that has divided the nation. Do you have any thoughts on it?
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