Everyone, repeat after me, one
more time: the Prime Minister says Australia does not have a problem with
Which is comforting because if
you’d been watching BBC World News overnight, on cable, you might
have noticed a scroll that mentioned South Africa was considering boycotting
future cricket tours of Australia because of on-going racist
So, let’s consider that for a moment.
South Africa, only 16 years after Nelson
Mandela was still in jail and the Apartheid regime in place, is rightfully
accusing Australian crowds of overt racism. Plus, this comes a day after The Age reported that overall tourism
numbers are down, partly because of “perceptions that Australia is no longer an attractive
The BBC was following the story from
which quoted South African cricket boss Gerald Majola as threatening the
boycott, if the racist taunting continues.
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“It is very serious and if it continues, yes, we
would look very seriously about whether we return here for another
series,” Majola told the CapeTimes, while visiting Perth to support his team.
“It is not right when a country has a history
like ours,” he said. “It is something that we never thought we would
hear about. The sad thing is it has continued around Australia. It hasn’t just been limited to one state or one
South African captain Graeme
Smith said playing against the Sri Lankan team had been much more pleasant for
the team, although it is believed that most of the racial taunting had come
from South African expatriates.
Australian cricket authorities
continue to wrestle with the problem, with the Smage today reporting that one potential response would be to ban
fans identified as vocally racist.