Footballer Adam Goodes is proving it was a mistake making him Australian of the Year.
While he praises a ridiculous John Pilger flick withÂ “It takes courage to tell the truth, no matter how unpopular those truths may be”,Â the only courage he is known for is when he publicly humiliated a 13-year old girl, which was enough to make him ‘Australian of the Year’.
Famous for havingÂ publicly humiliated a 13-year-old girl, he now promotes a John Pilger propaganda film to push a cartoonishly bleak view and racially divisive view of our history – a history that’s actually left him as one of the privileged:
That process starts with understanding our very dark past,Â a brutal history of dispossession, theft and slaughter…
Put yourself in Aboriginal shoes for a minute. Imagine watching a film that tells the truth about the terrible injustices committed over 225 years against your people, a film that reveals how Europeans, and the governments that have run our country, have raped, killed and stolen from your people for their own benefit.
First, governments and Europeans committed “slaughter” and “raped … for their own benefit”? I don’t doubtt some people were killed and others raped, but is this really the essential story of European settlement?
Second, does Goodes seriously believe that without European settlement his life – and that of all people with Aboriginal ancestry – would be sunny? ConsiderÂ the appalling slaughter of inter-tribal warfare before European settlement and the horrific levels of what we now call domestic violence, as evidenced by cracked skulls. Think of those days of scrabbling for food, and having to endure agonising illnesses and injuries without modern medicines and pain relief.
And third: I can assure Goodes that none of my European ancestors killed or raped Aborigines or stole their lands. They were all in Holland until relatively recently.
But of Goodes’ own European ancestors I cannot speak, not knowing their history.
Which brings me to this: why this absurd division, Adam, with you on one side of the “racial” division, and me unwillingly dragooned by you into the other?
You are dividing Australia. Live up to your responsibilities and unite us in the only real race there is: the human race. Australians together, Adam.
(To be clear: I do not accuse Goodes’ European ancestors of having committed rapes, murders or thefts. My point is that we both have European ancestry, and it’s absurd to assume I’m the only one of the two who must defend himself as one of the accused.)