Part 1: The soccer was fun. Meanwhile, back at the cricket.
Important matters. And there's not much bigger matter in Aussie sports journalism, that Patrick Smith. Horse racing excluded, I always read his articles. Sometimes he vents on matters that matter to me, other times he reminds me of the Matter in a certain Camden Town sink: "Don't go in there Withnail! There's matter!".
Patrick's long been a pundit on matters racial and today, inspired by recent events in Sarth Efrica, penned another article On The Matter.
It's been Patrick's position that calling someone "Black" is not the same as calling someone "White" because....
To call a black person a black c . . . is to validate history. A history that shows the systematic persecution of black people around the world. Apartheid, the Ku Klux Klan, slavery. It is horrific and Australian history shows we are no innocents either. To call a white cricketer a white c . . . is to abuse him, but it hardly vilifies him, for there is no context for it to be vilification. On what grounds does Gilchrist feel racially hurt?
Now, while I agree with him that, on balance, past deeds against blacks outstrip those against whites this is not sufficient ground to ignore a racial slur against whites.
Patrick's assertion is that when blacks are racially villified they have good reason to be upset, but when whites are similarly sledged they ought to turn the other cheek and put up with it because the insult holds nowhere near the clout.
It's here I disagree with Patrick�s arrogant stance. And arrogant it is too:
Talkback radio raged yesterday because Latif was ruled innocent of the charge of racially vilifying Gilchrist.Caller after caller argued that if black people are offended by being called black, then white people have every right to feel vilified if they are called white.
It is an interesting barometer of what an apparently large part of the Australian community perceives racism to be. Cleary, a lot of Australians don't have a clue.
In other words: Shut up idiots. Deal with it!
Who's Patrick to dictate how I should feel. If I was upset at being racially sledged and there was a law against it then I should have the same legal redress as a black person.
An aboriginal friend of mine, once told me; "You know, Tone, we got you Gubbos on the run. We can say whatever we like and get away with it. When we call you white cvnts it's a spiteful way of calling you a racist. Even if you're not. And we know it hurts!"
I'm sure there are plenty of other people out there who would feel upset at being sledged like that and it's not up to Patrick to judge whether it hurts any feelings. If they want to go to court they should be comfortable in doing so. Not discouraged by the likes of Patrick and his Thought Police.