Racism has always been one of the most incurable human ignorance since worldwide migrations began more than three centuries ago. The more the world becomes a global village, the more human conflict grows and this has increased racism which many activists are now trying to fight.
These days it’s very common to come across stories of racism incidents almost in all spheres of life, from education to transport, sports, music, and business. Racism is a serious disease that has been inherited by the current generations from their ancestors. Remember the notorious black slavery in the 1700’s? What about the apartheid in South Africa? Have you forgotten the Aboriginal massacres of the 1800’s? Racism in developed countries is well comparable to the American gun problem. There are thousands of gun-related deaths in the US but there’s controversy among American politicians about gun control and the majority of them do not admit that guns need to be controlled though there’s strong evidence that gun control measures in other developed countries have been a huge success.
Right now in Australia, there’s a huge racism debate that is centered around the Australian Football League player and two-time AFL premiership winner Adam Goodes. He is a human rights activist for Aboriginal people and also one of Australia’s most accomplished players who won the Brownlow Medal award which is given to the best football player at the end of every season. In 2014, Goodes also won the prestigious Australian of the Year Award given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian community. This means that Goodes was chosen as his country’s role model because of his outstanding talents and abilities. But one bitter fact is causing a thaw; Goodes is an indigenous Aboriginal member.
Adam Goodes’s troubles began earlier this year during the AFL’s indigenous Round, a tournament that celebrates Australia’s indigenous culture in football. During a match, Goodes scored a goal and then celebrated it in front of his opposition fans and performed an Aboriginal war dance. This indigenous reminder didn’t go down well with the fans who once adored him but instead have always booed him in every match ever since that incident.
That incident has gravely exposed the deeply rooted racism that many white Australians do not want to openly acknowledge. They don’t want to admit that this viral racism disease is eating away their human dignity. The problem is that such ignorance is likely to divide this great nation and tear it apart.
The indigenous Goodes was a revered national icon who united all Australians from all ethnicities and was seen as a symbol to bring together Australia as one and then move forward but unfortunately, he has been the subject of incessant racist memes on social media that also prompted him to shut down his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
But how can such a national icon who was voted Australian of the year be disrespected and embarrassed to this extent? Anyone who is racially abusing this a national hero is a complete ignorant who can’t bear the fact that this Aboriginal was voted as a national role model who deserves to be treated with dignity and held in high esteem. Everyone should endeavor to support, encourage and motivate brave members of minority groups who make it through hardships and decide to put aside all the negativity about their ethnicity behind and go on to become national heroes. Such courageous people deserve the best treatment.
Today’s modern and fast-moving world needs to go back into history and learn some good lessons about the mistakes that our ancestors did and how we can avoid similar incidents from ever happening again. There are many famous and inspiring Aboriginal people who have positively contributed a lot towards uniting a modern Australia and these have made the country proud while improving its image abroad. Such figures like David Unaipon, Cathy Freeman, Neville Bonner and Archie Roach used their creativity and talents to contribute towards the positive well-being of all Australians irrespective of ethnicity.