West Coast star Nic Naitanui joins Brad Hill, Chad Wingard, Lance Franklin in voicing opinion on Black Lives Matter
West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui is fed up with people on social media responding to posts regarding the Black Lives Matter movement by saying “All Lives Matter”.
As people across the world come together to protest racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers last week, Naitanui had seen enough and decided to put those using the response in their place with a perfect analogy.
“All love from my end but saying all lives matter is like going to a cancer fundraiser and saying there are other diseases. Yes every life matters and is of equal importance/significance but right now we are highlighting black lives. That’s just my opinion as a black man,” he tweeted.
Gold Coast Suns star forward Aaron Hall joined the ‘Blackout Tuesday’ campaign on Instagram by uploading a black square which contained the phrase: “Muted. Not Silent”.
He captioned the image “Please listen, learn and understand – blacklivesmatter #blackouttuesday”
However not long after sharing the post, one user decided to chime in with the comment: “white lives matter as well, Aaron”.
The Indigenous star replied to the user with a lengthy comment.
“You are not hearing the cry of black people or you don’t care,” Hall said.
“You are a part of the privileged community that hasn’t suffered from racism, and because it’s not about you, you’re insecure and you choose to make a statement that makes it about you.
“My father is white and I am treated different to him. Let that sink in. I don’t want my children to deal with that. Join the fight to eradicate racism because all lives matter, but right now that’s not the case due to people’s skin colour.”
Sydney superstar Lance Franklin has made a rare public foray into the race debate, noting Indigenous Australians are far more likely to be jailed than African-Americans.
Public figures around the world have thrown their support behind the protests which have rocked the US after the death of George Floyd.
Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvas has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
“Justice for all,” Franklin posted on Instagram on Wednesday.
“What’s happening in the US is happening on our own soil and all around the world. Thoughts and prayers are with George Floyd’s family and all affected by this tragedy and the tragedies before his murder.”
Hawthorn’s Chad Wingard was the first Indigenous AFL player to publicly call out racism in Australia this week in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, receiving support on Wednesday from his club captain Ben Stratton.
St Kilda’s Brad Hill and former Brisbane Lions and Fremantle player Des Headland have also had their say.
But as the most high-profile player in the AFL, Franklin’s comments will garner more widespread attention.
Franklin re-posted part of an article written on Tuesday by the ABC’s indigenous affairs correspondent Isabella Higgins.
“In some ways Australia’s criminalisation of its black citizens is even more pronounced than the United States but we don’t have music, movies and TV shows explaining it to us as regularly,” Franklin posted on Instagram.
“In the US, African Americans make up about 14 per cent of the population, and roughly 30 per cent of the country’s inmates.
“Indigenous Australians make up three per cent of the population and about 30 per cent of the prison population.
“We lock up Indigenous Australians at four times the rate of black Americans. It’s an even more jarring figure in the youth detention system, where about 50 per cent of all detainees are Indigenous.
“It’s a crude and imperfect comparison, but it still paints a picture of our justice system.”
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