Racism – why the fuss?

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE sky is the limit for North Queens­land fol­low­ing this year’s State of Ori­gin se­ries.

Not only did we see Johnathan Thurston work his play­mak­ing magic, Matt Scott run at his bruis­ing best and James Tamou play with un­bri­dled pas­sion, but Michael Mor­gan proved he be­longs in the Ori­gin caul­dron.

Lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties re­stricted Mor­gan’s im­pact in games one and two but Wed­nes­day’s maul­ing be­ing what it was, Mor­gan fi­nally got the amount of ball he needed to re­ally shine.

The Townsville Broth­ers ju­nior has re­ceived high praise from Queens­land le­gends Johnathan Thurston and Brent Tate in the wake of his barn­storm­ing per­for­mance, which adds ic­ing to a re­mark­able turn­around from fringe first- grader to Ori­gin star.

Mor­gan will now surely be part of Queens­land’s suc­ces­sion plan for the fu­ture, but the Ma­roons’ most suc­cess­ful gen­er­a­tion cer­tainly showed no signs of be­ing a “Dad’s Army” on Wed­nes­day.

Man of the match Corey Parker played one his best Ori­gin games at the age of 33; Cameron Smith, 32, put a week of tur­moil be­hind him to pull the strings mag­nif­i­cently at No. 9; and 32- year- old Thurston re­mains as bril­liant as ever.

They will guide the way for Mor­gan, Dane Ga­gai, Josh Pa­palii and other fu­ture Ori­gin in­cum­bents to wear the Ma­roons jumper for the same rea­sons they do, and play for ev­ery­thing it stands for.

Wed­nes­day’s suc­cess will also pro­vide the Cowboys’ Queens­land trio with a wealth of con­fi­dence head­ing into the busi­ness end of 2015, while Tamou will be ea­ger to put the dis­ap­point­ment of a crush­ing Ori­gin fi­nale be­hind him with an NRL premier­ship. Townsville revved up for V8s NORTH Queens­land has turned on a warm win­ter welcome for all the V8 Su­per­cars teams, crews and fans for the Townsville 400.

Townsville’s sig­na­ture na­tional sport­ing event prom­ises to de­liver another ac­tion­packed week­end of thrilling motorsport.

To ev­ery­one at­tend­ing the event this week­end, have fun and en­joy tak­ing in our trop­i­cal par­adise. Don’t miss our 36- page event guide in­side to­day’s Bul­letin. It is thought that Lady Go­diva rides naked on horse­back through Coven­try, Eng­land Four die in Aus­tralia’s first rail crash, at Lid­combe, NSW The Paris sub­way, the Metro, opens DAWN Fraser cer­tainly threw a cat among the pi­geons with her com­ments about the be­hav­iour of Nick Kyr­gios at the Wim­ble­don Cham­pi­onships.

The points she made about him were jus­ti­fi­able, but not about his her­itage, which has been clas­si­fied as racist.

Yet there has been and will soon be another se­ries called Go back to where you came from on SBS. The cam­eras did not lie when they showed Nick “tank­ing” ( not play­ing his shots) – he de­nied his ac­tions at his press con­fer­ence. He is a spoiled ill­man­nered brat, and should be dealt with ac­cord­ingly.

Ten­nis rules point out that a player must make ev­ery ef­fort to play at his max­i­mum ca­pac­ity, if not, the fine is $ 20,000. Nick got away with a rep­ri­mand and a mere $ 6000 fine, which I could not un­der­stand.

His an­tics, foul mouthing, rac­quet abuse and ar­ro­gance need cor­rec­tion, re­gard­less of his tal­ent. He is a dis­grace to the sport. Ten­nis Aus­tralia must give him an ul­ti­ma­tum – pull your head in or get out.

Bernard Tomic was al­lowed to get away with his be­hav­iour, which should have been cor­rected ear­lier. Look what has hap­pened now. The great Harry Hop­man would have soon sorted Nick out.

As to racism, we are no longer per­mit­ted, be­cause of po­lit­i­cal correctness and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, to in­dulge in that old fash­ioned Aussie hu­mour of putting crap on each other, and not tak­ing of­fence.

Re­mem­ber that won­der­ful Aussie movie about the Ital­ian mi­grant?

He was called a wog by his Aussie mates. He took no of­fence when he un­der­stood the lan­guage. The Bri­tish called In­di­ans wogs.

Racism is part of all na­tion­al­i­ties’ make- up. The French are ar­ro­gant, they be­lieve their food and fash­ion are the best in the world. The Jews be­lieve that they are the cho­sen peo­ple. Brah­mins of In­dia are su­pe­rior to the Un­touch­ables and Mus­lims call non- Mus­lims in­fi­dels.

Whether eth­nic or in­dige­nous, racism is part of their makeup, and can­not be de­nied, so why all the fuss?

COLIN L. T. EAS­DON- SMITH,

Ing­ham.

Pic­ture: AFP

NOT ON: Nick Kyr­gios re­mon­strates with the um­pire.

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