Reconciliation Australia condemns racially-motivated attack on Adelaide Crows player Eddie Betts
Reconciliation Australia joins with Port Adelaide Football Club (PAFC) in reaffirming that the offender’s behaviour was racially motivated in nature, and highly inappropriate.
“There is no place for these kinds racially-motivated attacks in Australia today, including on the sporting field,” said Justin Mohamed, CEO of Reconciliation Australia.
“We call on all Australians to show zero tolerance towards this kind of reprehensible behaviour.”
Sporting clubs have a key role to play in shaping our nation’s culture and reflecting values of equality, equity and fairness.
Reconciliation Australia especially welcomes the proactive approach of the Port Adelaide Football Club (PAFC) in pursuing cultural education and awareness training with the offending party.
Reconciliation Australia’s 2014 Australian Reconciliation Barometer found that when people learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures through personal experience or education, they are more likely to believe the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians is very important, compared to when people learn from the media.
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