Rita Panahi: We don’t want a country that stifles debate

Rita Panahi, Herald Sun

In recent weeks, you’d have heard the usual race-obsessed malcontents in the media ordering Australians to listen to Adam Goodes and think about “what sort of country we want to be”.

But what they’re advocating for isn’t kinder, more respectful discourse and genuine equality. What they want is to silence anyone who challenges their views.

The Australia they want is one where if you disagree that we are inherently racist, you will be labelled a racist.

An Australia where if you speak about the fact that indigenous women are around 35 times more likely to be hospitalised due to domestic violence than other Australian women, you will be labelled a racist.

Adam Goodes was booed for a number of reasons, including taking divisive stands.
Adam Goodes was booed for a number of reasons, including taking divisive stands.

Earlier this year Yumi Stynes called Kerri-Anne Kennerley a racist after KAK asked why anti-Australia Day protesters weren’t as concerned about the extraordinarily high rates of abuse and neglect in indigenous communities.

Goodes came out strongly in support of Stynes saying: “I take my hat off to Yumi for calling it out. She didn’t wait until after the show, she called it out on air. That’s what we want people to do. Call it out. When these things happen, we all have a role to play in what type of Australia we want going forward.”

That’s the Australia they want? Where someone like Kennerley is falsely accused of racism to shut her up? Where those who dare deviate from Leftist groupthink are intimidated into silence?

The identity politics obsessed Left are not interested in nuance, reason or fact-based debate. You either accept their bizarre beliefs or you’ll be maligned as a racist, sexist, transphobe or some other slur that has lost all meaning.

Where you stand on the Goodes booing saga comes down to one thing: do you believe Australia is a deeply racist country?

Those who do have from the start mischaracterised the booing as motivated by racial hatred and continue to dismiss inconvenient facts to double down on this flawed notion. These people dominate the media, academia, the arts and entertainment and all areas where Leftist dogma reigns.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley was called out as racist on television. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis
Kerri-Anne Kennerley was called out as racist on television. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis
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Their preoccupation with race means they see everything through a filter of identity politics. So, if you disagree or dislike a person of colour’s stance on an issue, you must be a racist. There could be no valid reason for objecting to them. Unless of course the person of colour happens to be a conservative in which case the rules are suspended.

Those people think they are morally and intellectually superior but the truth is their ranks are full of the most hate-filled dolts in the country. You know, the ones who called Australians backward and bigoted for re-electing the Morrison government.

The ones who see Australia Day as a celebration of genocide and boganhood. In recent week they have been whipped up into a virtue signalling frenzy with the release of a poorly made documentary on Goodes, The Final Quarter.

If you’re going to make a biased doco, it’s probably best to wait a few more years before trying to rewrite history. When you omit key facts it renders your work little more than tacky propaganda.

The argument that Goodes was targeted because he’s the only indigenous player to take a stand for Aboriginal rights is false and an insult to other players, including Michael Long and Nicky Winmar who took a stand without being roundly booed.

Nicky Winmar took a stand against racism without being roundly booed.
Nicky Winmar took a stand against racism without being roundly booed.
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Goodes was booed for a number of reasons, including calling a naive 13-year-old girl the face of racism, for pretending to throw a spear at opposition fans and for taking divisive stands on a number of issues, including changing the Constitution.

Goodes’ comments advising Australians to “remember whose lands you are on” were, of course, going to upset people, particularly when uttered by a man honoured as Australian of The Year.

Talk of this doco being shown in schools is absurd. There’s enough Leftist indoctrination in the curriculum without adding this mediocre film to the mix.

Now, personally I never liked the booing and encouraged fans to stop and instead give Goodes a standing ovation to end what had been a spectacular career, but I was not going to lie and repeat the nonsensical narrative that the booing was racially motivated when the facts didn’t support that assessment.

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This may come as a shock to some in the media and the AFL but decent folk don’t like being falsely portrayed as racists. The booing intensified when the media pushed the notion that it was racist; in the end the boos were as much for the media and AFL officials as for the Swans’ great.

Goodes is entitled to his views, as are his cheerleaders in the media, but what they’re not entitled to is to rewrite history nor label anyone who disagrees as racist.

— Rita Panahi is a Herald sun columnist

rita.panahi@news.com.au

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One thought on “Rita Panahi: We don’t want a country that stifles debate”

  1. Re: “The Australia they want is one where if you disagree that we are inherently racist, you will be labelled a racist.

    An Australia where if you speak about the fact that indigenous women are around 35 times more likely to be hospitalised due to domestic violence than other Australian women, you will be labelled a racist.”

    Sounds exactly like Canada, too. I guess hypocrites are the same the world over!

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