Some people dismiss political correctness too easily.
Political correctness, when we are protesting a person being demeaned publicly, is simply about insisting that people pay due respect to others. At one level, it is about insisting on civility. At a deeper level, it is about upholding fundamental values about what it means to be human and to have dignity.
I know that many Australians, and especially in my experience of sports clubs, many Australian men, think that racist comments aren’t racist – they’re just funny.
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Timana Tahu should be incredibly proud of himself and his family incredibly proud of him.
Not many people are prepared to put their money where there mouth is on issues of discrimination, and the impact of a player of Tahu’s stature taking the stand he has might mean something in the NRL actually changes.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if a player such as Tahu took a similar stand when instead of calling someone a “black c***”, like Andrew Johns did, a senior figure in the League calls someone a “dumb slut”?
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