Aboriginal boxer, Damien Hooper wears a t-shirt with the Aboriginal flag on it before his fight in the Olympics and gets reprimanded for it and forced to apologise. The Aboriginal flag is considered a political statement so wearing the shirt is offensive at the Olympics. The fact that he represents Australia and our flag acknowledges British ancestry but not his own Indigenous ancestry? Yeah, that’s totally not offensive.
I’m Aboriginal, I’m representing my culture not only my country, but all my people as well. I’m very proud and that’s what I wanted to do. I’m happy I did it. I wasn’t really thinking about that. I was just thinking about family and all that. That’s what really matters to me. Look what it just did, it just made my whole performance a lot better with that whole support behind me.
I would love to see the whole country embrace the flag more. It’s not just something for Indigenous athletes and Indigenous people to embrace. All Australians can embrace it. We’re not there yet, but we’re on the way. And I reckon we’re on the way to our sporting teams saying ‘You know what? We’re proud of it’.