The booing of AFL player Adam Goodes has quickly become yet another contest in the culture wars, with some right-wing commentators rushing to insist the treatment of the former Australian of the Year is not racist.

They’re wrong. The booing is a particular kind of racism, one we’ve seen before from Australian sporting crowds: the resentment of Australians toward non-white athletes who dare to be good and who aren’t content to conform to our preferred racial stereotypes.