In his column today the ‘Julius Streicher’ of the Australian extreme right and convicted racist Andrew Bolt desperately attempts again to defend the young girl that racially vilified AFL footballer Adam Goodes.
Bolt characterises her as simply being a “thirteen year-old girl who was possibly misunderstood, given that the bearded Goodes is hirsute and the girl said she did not know ‘ape’ can have a racist connotation”. Describing Goodes as ‘hirsute’ is in itself demeaning in the context that Bolt uses the descriptor since Goodes is far from ‘hirsute’ (abnormally or overly hairy); he merely has a beard just like many men of all races.
As for the assertion that “she did not know ‘ape’ can have racist connotation”, the fact is that her intent was not to laud Goodes (would she have used the word ‘ape’ if she wanted to heap praise on him?) but to insult him by inferring that he was an inferior being. She didn’t consciously think to herself; ‘I know; I’ll racially abuse him. That should demonstrate my loathing and contempt for him’, but, rather, she intuitively chose to racially abuse him demonstrating not only her loathing and contempt for him anyway but also refecting the kind of social environment she was raised in.
The likes of Bolt are responsible for perpetuating that social environment in Australia.