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The 'Nigger' Brown Stand debate : Comments

By Stephen Hagan, published 20/10/2008

We all need to respect and value each otherís points of views instead of sitting on the fence.

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Stephen Hagan has done Toowoomba, and indeed Australia, a great service in not only ridding the public space of the word "#igger" but also in showing all of us how horribly narrow, conservative, vindictive and mean spirited so many people, including the Sports Trust members and our old Mayor really are.

(To emphasise how offensive people, outside Toowoomba, find the word... I was told by the OLO 'offensive words' checker to remove the 'profanity' from my post, hence the hash mark there).

Our local newspaper has gone out of it's way to vilify Mr Hagan, specifically asking readers to send in their thoughts on him and then publishing a stream of idiot invective for at least 18 straight days.

The journalists and the editor of this horrible rag, The Chronicle, make a habit of this form of journalism, low rent, cheap, tabloid, ignorant, and maybe that is because the readership requires that form of journalism? Who knows?

This sign only came down because Minsiter Judy Spence insisted it did. This is most unusual for her. Normally this Minister is backing her Police force as they set about their frequent rampages against black and white alike all over Qld, but this was a welcome move.

The question is, why didn't Beattie remove the sign years ago when he had an opportunity and why didn't our ever 'social justice' spruiking Premier, Anna Bligh, do it as soon as she took over from our ex-meeja tart Beattie?

I am sure people elsewhere in the world, beyond these bluestone walls of Fortress Groom, who have read about our infamous sign wonder what we are all going on about, but this sign is an open wound here, with ES Brown supporters totally unable to understand that Hagan and his supporters have no issue with ESB as a person, it's just that the world, apart from within our little Fortress Groom here, has developed new sensibilities and grown up a little.

Good on you Stephen Hagan, and shame on you Toowoomba Chronicle and all of the Sports Trust.
Posted by The Blue Cross, Monday, 20 October 2008 10:29:34 AM
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Steven has participated in Democracy, and achieved a result.

It might not be to everyone's liking..but that's democracy.

I can't wait to rename the Stadium "WayTruthLlife" stadium :)

Not really, but that's life isn't it? If you can get the numbers and the clout.. you get the result you want.

It never stays still... always dynamic.. one year up..the next down.
Back to the fight.
Posted by Polycarp, Monday, 20 October 2008 4:44:51 PM
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Well Stephen
It is good to know you have won your battle and "N....r" Brown fades into the past. However since you wanted a lazy $10,000 to ameliorate your hurt and suffering and to to stop John McDonald from inciting racial hatred, I am wondering how much you are seeking from Dairy Farmers Australia so that your hurt and suffering can be similarly eased by removing C..n Cheese from our supermarkets.
Given the widespread distribution of C..n Cheese across Australia I realize that Dairy Farmers are indeed inciting racial hatred and giving rise to hurt and suffering on a much larger scale than did the Toowoomba Rugby League.
All the best in your continuing campaign.
Posted by blairbar, Monday, 20 October 2008 5:48:12 PM
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So why not seek to rid a few more names while you're at it you toss!

Blacks Beach, Black Stump, White Patch, Coloured Sands, the list goes on.

It realy hurts to know that our education funding has been wasted on someone who is hell bent on wanting to change the world just becasue they take offence of a name that has been around for years and offends very few.

So what's next. Coffe 'with or without milk' as we dare not say white or black hey!

Get a life mate!
Posted by rehctub, Monday, 20 October 2008 9:20:25 PM
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Rehctub,
Most people in Australia would find the word n#gger and it's generally accepted meaning unpleasant and racist and would not like to see it up in lights even if it was about a sporting legend.

I heard an interesting story about a 95 year old woman of means last weekend .

She recently commented about the programs on TV .

"There's a lot of n#ggers on the TV lately ".

The world thankfully does move on .

Unfortunately it obviously moves very slowly for some, and not for just our older generations.
Posted by kartiya jim, Monday, 20 October 2008 9:55:47 PM
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rehctub,

"So why not seek to rid a few more names while you're at it you toss! Blacks Beach, Black Stump, White Patch, Coloured Sands, the list goes on."

You show, however, that we still need 'redneck'.
Posted by Spikey, Monday, 20 October 2008 10:16:42 PM
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