Cricket Australia has criticized all the trolls as “uneducated” after the all-rounder Dan Christian was badly targeted for speaking up about “casual racism” in the sport.
Christian is one of the people to play for Australia at International level, he also took part in the panel discussion this week named as “Cricket Connecting Country”, which is commissioned by the governing body.
Christian told the panel whose purpose was to encourage more Aboriginal people to play cricket & address issues like racism that he has experienced the problem. “I don’t think it’s as in-your-face as you might see elsewhere around the world or even elsewhere in Australian culture, but it’s definitely there, it’s more of a casual racism”, said Dan.
His comments got two Twitter users to question his Aboriginality based on his appearance, with one saying: “How can someone who looks white be discriminated against?”
CA also tweeted on late Thursday that it was “deeply disappointed to see blatantly racist and uneducated comments”.
“Whilst we have chosen not to name the publisher of these comments publicly, we want to strongly reinforce that any form of racism or discrimination has no place in cricket, sport or wider society,” it added. “Comments like these demonstrate just how far we still have to go”, CA said.
Christian told the panel that comments on his skin color was one of the major thing which hurts him the most.
“Little throwaway lines here and there that are made to be jokes. And a lot of that, for me personally, has been around the color of my skin and the fact I don’t look Aboriginal, whatever that means, “That’s the most noticeable thing for me”, said Christian.
Christian also highlighted the fact that in his tenure of 15 years he had never seen any training around cross-cultural awareness from any cricket organization. “That’s one thing we could at least do to raise some awareness and educate people within our sport,” concluded Christian.