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Adam Goodes is a powerful voice to teach us that we have to talk about racism to end racism

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Watching The Final Quarter documentary about AFL legend Adam Goodes and the racism he endured, I thought about the incredible strength that allowed him to get up and keep going.

To see the abuse so clearly laid out in the film is disturbing and confronting. Goodes is a champion and still he experienced the humiliation of racially motivated attacks.

Goodes showed the strength so many of us have in surviving these attacks. When he walked away from the game, he said enough is enough. But what he suffered is not an unusual experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We’ve endured the ugly hand of racism for generations.

Whether it’s in the city or in regional communities and towns, whether we’re in public spaces, catching the train, the bus or a flight, getting abused, ignored or refused service or getting followed by security, racism is damaging, it makes us sick and it threatens lives.

Racism is everywhere.

The 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer found 33% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had experienced at least one form of verbal racial abuse in the last six months.

Forty-three per cent of........

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