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American Sports Fans Shocked by Aussie AFL Documentary

Adam Goodes in full flight.

An editorial from Brook Kilpatrick, AFANA's staff member in Adelaide, with contributions by Chris Kowald, in Perth. 

American sports fans have reacted to “The Australian Dream” after ESPN recently aired the Australian AFL documentary that focuses on the racism encountered by Sydney Swans legend Adam Goodes. 

US website “Brinkwire” has reported an “outpouring of support” for Goodes after viewers learned of the “incessant taunting and booing” that was directed at Goodes throughout the tail end of his career. (https://en.brinkwire.com/news/americans-claim-racism-is-worse-in-australia-after-espn-screens-the-adam-goodes-documentary/ )

The cutting quote that some Americans claim racism is “worse in Australia” is certainly cause for discussion, and it cannot be denied that indigenous Australian AFL players such as Adam Goodes have experienced the worst of it at various stages throughout their career. Australian football greats such as Maurice Rioli, Phil and Jim Krakouer, Nicky Winmar, and current player Eddie Betts have all spoken about the racism they have encountered throughout their football lives, with some such as Betts, actively being involved in campaigns to educate with a view to eradicating such abhorrent behavior. Betts recently called out a person who posted an image of a chimpanzee on his Twitter page. Winmar recently forced an apology from three Melbourne journalists who claimed Winmar's iconic gesture was not related to racial issues.

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Nicky Winmar Joins Indigenous Round

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Round Nine is the AFL's Indigenous Round which celebrates the contributions of indigenous players to the game of Australian Rules football. As part of the celebrations, former Saint and Bulldog Nicky Winmar has been invited to launch the round and will return to Collingwood's former home ground Victoria Park. Twenty years ago, the Saints played the Magpies there in a match which became famous. Winmar suffered a barrage of racial abuse from spectators and at the end of the game, Winmar lifted his guernsey and proudly pointed to his dark skin. That moment has become one of the most memorable and iconic in recent League history.

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