For example: Today, at work, we had a visitor. Good bloke. Works in a very small NT community. Teacher. Makes videos with the kids. We play a few at work. Good bloke.
There's four of us in a room and, towards the end, we're engaged in convo. He's talking about how they've had some surprise visitors popping in to the community. He looks at me, "Ted Richards?" I stare back. "You know Ted Richards?" he elaborates. My mouth says, "No, no, I don't know him," while my brain says, "Not all black people know each other." "He plays AFL, you know?" he pushed further. And then comes the most disappointing thing a white man can hear from an Aboriginal:
"Nah... I know nothing about AFL."
I guess we could say that the extreme forms of racism are absent in Australia (bar Alice Springs, from what I see. Maybe not extreme like "Fire-Hosing" black people off the streets while some black preacher sings, "Free At Last." But it's prevalent). But do you know what is rampant in society? Ignorance & assumption.
It was ignorant of him to assume my blackness somehow makes me an AFL fanatic. It was ignorant for me to assume that Ted Richards must be black.
Nope... white as they come.
O, how my blackness disappoints,