Adelaide Crows Camp: Mark Robinson on Josh Jenkins Revelations, Racism, Don Pyke

Crows camp should have been stopped, and the person doing it was Coach Don Pyke. So, Mark Robinson asks, why didn’t he do it?

What Eddie Betts said about the Adelaide camp was alarming.

What Josh Jenkins revealed Friday tells us the camp was an utter disgrace.

On the surface, both painfully described the agony and mental decay of themselves and others in an environment that could have been stopped.

For that, Coach Don Pyke, who was in camp and certainly aware of the growing distress and distrust within his playgroup, had to get better.

He had to stop it.

Someone had to and he was a coach.

At the heart of what Betts and Jenkins detailed, it would have disturbed every Indigenous person living in this country.

It was white men who exposed tribal men to behaviors that are commonly known to be insensitive, but to tribal peoples they are worse than that.

It is about not understanding indigenous peoples and their human rights, customs and beliefs. And they should be hugged.

Bett’s account of yelling at other Indigenous players sounds acceptable to whites. But it’s not for indigenous peoples.

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What Jenkins revealed about the abstention of Indigenous players from the leadership program after the camp was segregation.

Worse, it’s apartheid by another name.

Like saying, “You black people, you troublemakers, get over there.”

It controls, it determines their behavior, it speaks for them.

Jenkins wrote, “As the fractures began to become gigantic, portions of the playgroup began to say they were no longer willing to participate in the leadership program.

“On one occasion when we met as a large group (including some staff) the result was the Indigenous players were expelled from the program.

“I stood up and said, and I remember it vividly, because I knew this was the beginning of the end for me as the Adelaide Crow… ‘You can’t seriously consider isolating a fifth of our playlist for the benefit of this program.'”

In this case, denying the tribals, separating them, or declaring them unworthy of this program is a form of intergenerational trauma.

In another context, it’s the white people who are telling the natives to stand over there and shut up.

It’s not intentional, but people who know of such behaviors say it originates in the master-slave relationship.

It’s a form of racism, believe it or not.

That’s why Eddie Betts was brave to speak out. And so does Josh Jenkins.

Who will bring light to the agony next?

The failure of the AFL, the Players’ Association and SA WorkSafe to punish the Crows is a gross lapse in responsibility.

Why has no one stopped it and more importantly, why has no one or anyone been held accountable?

Originally published as Mark Robinson: What Josh Jenkins revealed about the Adelaide Crows camp is a complete disgrace Adelaide Crows Camp: Mark Robinson on Josh Jenkins Revelations, Racism, Don Pyke

Nate Jones

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