I was moved by the footage on the ABC Four Corners program this week showing the torture and tear-gassing of children in a detention centre in the Northern Territory to think about racism in Australia. I have written many posts about racism on my blog. Then I watched the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on … Continue reading Racism: The curse of our times
It’s a question everyone is asking: Where were you when President John F. Kennedy was shot fifty years ago this day in November? (The AP photo on the left shows Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson leaving Fort Worth Texas for Dallas on that fateful day.) Nothing dramatic in my case. I was in an … Continue reading Where were you on that fateful day in November?
It has been one of those weeks when the news ranged from the depressing to the positively uplifting. On the depressing side, the release of the Australian Crime Commission report on drugs and organised crime in sport last Thursday, called “the blackest day in Australian sport” by the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping … Continue reading It’s time to recognise Aborigines, vote on gun control, and acknowledge racism
It’s the biggest story in Melbourne and possibly the largest scandal in AFL history, which now involves every sport in the nation, following an Australian Crime Commission report released today. Eighty per cent of players on the Essendon football club used a supplement last year injected by club fitness staff to boost body mass and … Continue reading A line in the sand for Australian sport
I grew up in Philadelphia in the 50s and 60s, then one of the most Catholic cities in the world. It was so Catholic that you didn’t say you came from a particular section of Philly, like West or South or North or Upper Darby, but the parish you belonged to, like De Sales (as … Continue reading I have a confession to make
I’d like to thank the Coalition citizenship spokeswoman, Teresa Gambaro, for giving me a reason to write about racism this week. The issue really blew up at the end of last week when two white men were convicted of being part of a gang of youths who had stabbed a black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, to … Continue reading This is not a racist country, but …