White Australians from around the country will assemble this weekend, to remember the shocking events of 29th May 2015 and reflect on the moment that changed a nation forever.
‘It was such a affront, so unpredictable,’ recounts Peter Morrison, who was at home with his 13 year old daughter, ‘how am I supposed to explain that to her? I still cannot bring myself watch the vision.’
Wayne Nguyen was watching on television with his elderly mother, ‘She was so upset that she spilt her cup of tea,’ explained Nguyen, ‘not in all her years can she recall such a confronting image.’
Scott McGuire was eyewitness to the events, ‘None of us there could believe what we were seeing. Why would someone do such a thing? It was just so aggressive – and unprovoked.’
Morrison and his 13 year old daughter will be amongst a crowd of thousands expected to gather this weekend, to recall exactly where they were and what they were doing, the moment Adam Goodes performed his war dance.
Generations past remember the moment they heard the news about Kennedy, Elvis and John Lennon. Now their children and grandchildren will one day recount what they were doing and where they were, when Adam Goodes threw his invisible spear into a crowd of football fans, hurting their invisible feelings and shocking their invisible sensitivities.
Organisers of the gatherings insist their reaction to and commemoration of Goodes’ war dance has nothing to do with race, ‘Oh no. No, no, no. Not at all. Race has nothing to do with it. We are promoting an anti-violence message. How would you like it if a man pretended to throw a spear at you – or your children? You wouldn’t would you? And this issue is also about free speech, but don’t ask me to articulate that argument any further.’
The group are also considering marking of the anniversary using the date and Goodes guernsey number, 37. Suggestion put forward include booing for 29 seconds, 5 times over, or booing for 37 seconds, or booing for 29 seconds and then another 37 seconds on top of that. As yet no ideas which do not involve booing have been suggested.