The Collingwood Football Club is like the man who ordered an exploding cigar and then smoked the exploding cigar only to be caught by surprise when it exploded in his face.
What did they think would happen when they commissioned Indigenous activists to investigate whether or not their AFL club was racist? A 35-page report on racism, written by academics with a history of race activism, found evidence of “systemic” and “egregious” racism. Who would have thought?
I’m not sure how a list of six racist incidents over the past 50 years, detailed in the report, amounts to systemic anything.
Regrettable? Of course.
Evidence that Collingwood is the AFL equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan? Hardly.
But let’s be honest, it’s difficult to imagine any organisation that would not be called racist in the current environment where Critical Race Theory insists that no white man can do any good, no matter how hard he tries. …
The practical effect is new racism. Follow the money.
Australia’s most famous sporting club is now stuck with recommendations that may well hinder their core business, but that they cannot reject.
Those recommendations include ensuring that players and coaches are recruited, not simply for their footballing ability, but for their ethnicity — “particularly First Nations and people of colour”.
From now on it will concern Collingwood recruiters that they need a key position player to kick goals just as much as that they need an Indigenous player to tick boxes.
And when drafting white players, the club will have to ensure these young men can run and jump and kick as well as express “genuine support of anti-racism”.
More well-paying jobs for POC, fewer for whites. And goodbye Eddie.