The history of colonisation and multiculturalism in Australia has resulted in complex race relations that find their way into the media through significant events, for example, in the sporting arena. Such events are often widely covered by the media and can be highly divisive for the general public. Differing perspectives on events covered in the media can be prolific and polarised, and the media discourse is often mimicked by conversation among the general public, highlighting Australia’s complex relationship with racism.
In this activity, staff critically explore media coverage of AFL crowds booing Adam Goodes during matches in 2015 and critically reflect on Australia’s complex relationship with racism.
Note: Talking about racism and specific incidents involving racism in Australia can be traumatic for some people and may result in conflict. Care should be taken to create a safe environment when using this resource.