Winmar Image Analysis

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Nicky Winmar, a St Kilda player who is still regarded as one of the best aboriginal players the AFL game has seen is being racially taunted by a vicious Collingwood crowd during a game. This most definitely wasn’t the first time Winmar had been vilified because of the colour of his skin and no longer wanted to cop it on the chin. As soon as the siren sounded, Winmar responded by facing the angry crowd, raising his jumper and pointing to his stomach. This changed the AFL and Australia forever and emphasised the terrible treatment of aboriginals. The image of him doing this represents many themes, views and beliefs including racism, indigenous pride, white supremacy and the power of sport. The Winmar Image was one of the most memorable and powerful images seen in football and showed the AFL that racism should be no longer tolerated. It represented the treatment of aboriginals who have been slurred, beaten up, wrongly jailed and killed by white Australians. Whites took over the land and started to treat it like trash unlike the natives who were one with the nature and used resources carefully. The whites pushed aside all the aboriginal customs, views and laws to make way for their own and forced the aboriginals to follow there way. Some tried to follow but did not get treated…show more content…
It changed AFL and the world for the better and showed us racism is not to be tolerated. Aboriginals should be treated as equals and White people should no longer see themselves as superior. If Winmar did not do this and show his pride for the colour of his skin, people today still may be constantly abusing people because of their race. The image represented many messages for example the changing of Australia, views on aboriginals and the power of sport. It is amazing how a picture can mean so much and show us how one person can make a difference and say “NO
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