Adam Goodes : An Indigenous Australian Famous For Being A Player For The Sydney Swans Team

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Adam Goodes is an Indigenous Australian famous for being a player for the Sydney Swans team in the Australian Football League (AFL). Being a well-known AFL player and also winning Australian of the year for his charity work with indigenous youth, Adam Goodes can be considered as a high profile Indigenous person. Throughout his career, he has used his status as a platform to address racial discrimination towards indigenous peoples within Australia, as he himself has received public discriminatory racial slurs. Through sport and community work – Adam Goodes has transformed indigenous culture, by challenging its race relations and empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models. Indigenous Australians continue to have an ongoing resistance to the processes of colonisation and also of emphasizing an indigenous presence within Australia. Born in 1980, he lived the majority of his childhood in Wallaroo and Adelaide (in South Australia) with his mother, Lisa May. Lisa is of Adnyamathanha and Narungga descent, and a member of the “stolen generation” of Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed from their families during the 18th century (Shepherd, 2014). He grew up in an era of political justice for indigenous peoples (Thapliya, 2015). In the late 1960’s, aboriginal activism began to flourish, along with an endeavor to end constitutional discrimination (McGregor, 2009). Adam began contributing to Aboriginal activism in the 21st century, by working against…

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