- Mar 16, 2002
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
But The term paki is only Relevant to Pakistanis ...Well no.
If you perform some action or say something knowing that the target is reasonably likely to interpret that as a racist jibe against them - then that is a racist action on your part, no ifs, buts, maybes - its straight textbook racism.
Take for example, when I was a kid, the 'Pakis' were simply the visiting Pakistan cricketing team and I used the team freely. After living in the UK for a while I came to learn the term to be a racist insult. Coming back to Australia, I wouldn't use that term here, even though it has no history that I know of being a racist term here. Because if I did call someone from Pakistan a 'Paki', especially if I'd known that they had lived in the uk, then they may well feel that they have been racially insulted given the history of the term.
It is the same for Adam Goodes, people were booing knowing that it was going to be interpreted as being racist, hence it was a racist action. It is not an excuse to say Goodes 'misinterpreted my insults which sounded racist'.
People who claim they were booing "becuase he is a diver" are to a person, behaving in racist behaviour
And you know what?, if you can see how that was wrong, how it caused insult and that you regret it, and make a note to think before you speak next time, then that is ok, nothing else needed. All people have inherent biases, not being a racist just means that you say and do things with due consideration to giving everyone an equal go and being mindful of cultural baggage that can hurt. What matters is that this is who you are today and who you are tomorrow, not what was said yesterday if you disavow it
Booing is a form of expression ... you are actually being racist by saying you can only boo certain races regardless of their actions ... how dumb and insular is that???
That’s the definition of racism.