i haven’t really been following the whole adam goodes story so like i don’t have much info on everything but i’ve seen so many comments on social media being like ‘i don’t care about his race/colour/ethnicity i just wanna see him play!!!!!1’ or 'i don’t see colour why can’t we just all get on with the game!!!’ and i don’t think white people understand how fucking frustrating comments like those are?
for me and so many other native peoples, our culture is who we are. my culture is a huge part of my identity. i am māori. i am a māori wahine. by having someone say that they don’t care about our race/colour/ethnicity it’s pretty much them saying that they don’t care about us, and with goodes being an indigenous person in the spotlight i can see how that would suck. it would fucking suck to see and feel that although you put so much hard work into your job and people enjoy seeing you do what you do that they still don’t care about you. that they don’t give a shit about one of the most important things to you because your pride and your intolerance for racism makes them feel uncomfortable.
as for the not seeing colour comments, holy fucking shit how racist do you have to be to feel like you can only be comfortable with someone by erasing their whakapapa?! is some stupid game more important than a persons identity?! here you have an indigenous man making use of the fact that he can reach a wide range of people easily to make aboriginal issues and struggles more widely known and spoken about but nah, white people will just stick their heads in the sand when it comes to being confronted by anything which makes them realise that they are a huge reason why so many native people around the world face all these struggles.
i just can’t deal with australians at the moment, they’re being big fukn cry babies because this man refuses to remove his culture from his identity and won’t tolerate racist behaviours.