By Mike Canavan
Haven’t the Wallabies had enough problems over the past few years without involving themselves in some sort of tokenistic, highly dubious and inflammatory action that is most likely to infuriate many, and alienate most? The notion of a silent protest by ‘taking a knee’ in support of the highly questionable ‘black lives matter’ movement is nothing short of insanity. Given the rioting, looting, burning of property, and violence that has been the by-product of many of these so called ‘civil action protests’ why would they put at risk a brand with such a fragile (the Wallabies) status by any form of association with this fringe movement?
They were bought to their knees by the disastrous premiership of Raelene Castle. Castle stepped down from her position at Rugby Australia in April after learning she had lost the faith of her board. Although perhaps more correctly — directors realised her position had become untenable and that there was no way RA could progress on any front while she remained as CEO (not to mention all the mistakes of the previous Board).
They seemed to have forgotten the furore over the entire lamentable Folau saga. You may remember Castle, acquiescing to threats from politically correct sponsors; the most vocal being Qantas who demanded cutting him from the Wallabies. Her action resulted in a multi-million dollar out of court settlement to him. Not with-standing some 6 months later Qantas withdrew its sponsorship any way.
Not long after this disaster, Rugby Australia was humiliated by the fiasco over the broadcast fees and a complete relationship breakdown with Pay-Tv and free to air broadcasters. There has also been a catastrophic dwindling of support and interest in the game and the population at large with the collapse of grass root rugby in schools and junior teams.
This is just to name a few of their recent maladies.
Whilst just a month ago it appeared that under the new coach the ‘once noble Wallabies’ had regained some sense of direction and pride, they now risk embroiling themselves in the yet another divisive and unnecessary diversion. A diversion that could see them slipping back into the wilderness, and losing what is left of their remaining long suffering supporter base.
It would seem that this idiocy is being driven by ‘Senior Wallaby’ Dane Haylett-Petty (born in Durban, South Africa. At 10 years old he moved with his parents to Australia, attending Hale School in Perth 2000-2007). In a recent interview he revealed the squad will consider the silent protest statement before the third Bledisloe Cup against the All Blacks on October 31 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, when they will wear their new Indigenous designed jersey.
While several sporting clubs and organisations around the world have taken a knee before games or openly supported BLM – including the NBA, European soccer and English Super League – the Wallabies would be the only Australian side to do so.
“It’s great that sport has an amazing opportunity to have a say and join conversations, a lot of sports have done that, and it would be a great thing for us to do,” Haylett-Petty said.
“I obviously can’t speak for everyone but definitely I think it’d be a great show of support”.
“I think that’s probably a discussion to have as a group, and we’d definitely consider it”.
Perhaps Dane Haylett-Petty, aged 31, given his heritage has some inherent guilt or hidden personal agenda nagging at him, for the decades of apartheid that his mother land prosecuted over its indigenous population. However, sport is sport and not politics. He now enjoys the benefits of living in Australia and the privilege of playing for the Wallabies. This young man would do well to focus on his performance in the back line, rather than encouraging the focus of his team mates to be on anything else than winning this most important match.
Let us all be aware that the ‘Black Lives Matters’ movement was born in the United States of America, and has been imported to our fare shores — mostly promoted by a minority of radicalised groups it is hardly a good thing to be associated with. Let us be in no doubt and be certain: ALL LIVES MATTER!
Many well intentioned people have seen the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ as a call to arms and a plea to secure the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all; especially in their view, the historically wronged African American community.
Many have been seduced under the cloak of compassion by charlatans and brigands, eager to impose their own social agenda on the community at large — at any cost.
Tragically, these well-meaning benefactors when they do donate, have bankrolled a number of radical organizations, founded by committed Marxists whose goals aren’t to make the American Dream a reality for everyone — but to transform America completely.
This might be unknown to some of the world’s best-known companies, which have jumped on the BLM bandwagon. Brands like Airbnb and Spanx who have promised direct donations.
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Others like Nike and Netflix have shrewdly channelled their donations elsewhere, like the NAACP and other organizations that have led the struggle for civil rights for decades. These companies are likely aware of BLM’s extreme agenda and recoil from bankrolling destructive ideas. But it requires sleuthing to learn this.
Companies that don’t investigate the true issues behind the BLM movement, compel their employees, shareowners and customers to endorse the same. Just ask BLM leaders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal TometiI in a revealing 2015 interview, Cullors said, “Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.” That same year, Tometi was hobnobbing with Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Nicolás Maduro, of whose regime she wrote: “In these last 17 years, we have witnessed the Bolivarian Revolution champion participatory democracy and construct a fair and transparent election system recognized as among the best in the world.”
Millions of Venezuelans suffering under Maduro’s murderous misrule presumably couldn’t be reached for comment.
Visit the Black Lives Matter website, and the first frame you get is a large crowd with fists raised and the slogan “Now We Transform.” Read the list of demands, and you get a sense of how deep a transformation they seek.
One proclaims: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear-family-structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.”
A partner organization, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) calls for abolishing all police and all prisons. It also calls for a “progressive restructuring of tax codes at the local, state and federal levels to ensure a radical and sustainable redistribution of wealth.”
Another M4BL demand is “the retroactive decriminalization, immediate release and record expungement of all drug-related offenses and prostitution and reparations for the devastating impact of the ‘war on drugs’ and criminalization of prostitution.”
Very sadly, this agenda isn’t what most people signed up for when they bought their Spanx or registered for Airbnb. Nor is it what most people understand when they express sympathy with the slogan that Black Lives Matter.
Garza first coined the phrase back in July 2013, writing it in a Facebook post the day George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin. Her friend Cullors put the hashtag in front and joined the words, so it could travel through social media. Tometi thought of creating an actual digital platform, BlackLivesMatter.com.
The group became a self-styled global network in 2014 and a “fiscally sponsored project” of a separate progressive non-profit in 2016, according to Robert Stilson of the Capital Research Centre.
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The goals of the Black Lives Matter organisation go far beyond what most people think. But they are hiding in plain sight, there for the world to see, if only we would read beyond the slogans and the innocuous-sounding media accounts of the movement.
The group’s radical Marxist agenda would supplant the basic building block of society—the family—with the state and destroy the economic system that has lifted more people from poverty than any other. Black lives, and all lives, would be harmed.
It is a blueprint for misery, not justice, and must be rejected.
Let our Wallabies get back to football, rebuilding the credibility that they once enjoyed and concentrate on being the best they can be.
Just about everyone has heard the saying, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”
Although others said it before former pro-football coach Vince Lombardi, this quote somehow stuck with him. Some time before his death, he was asked about this famous quote, to which he said, “I wish to hell I’d never said the darned thing. I meant the effort… I meant having a goal… I sure as hell didn’t mean for people to crush human values and morality.”
Leave politics out of sport — once and for all.