Explaining Hawthorn’s messy past with Indigenous players

A Hawthorn banner that depicts a caricature of a black woman

Few football clubs in Australia could claim immunity from racially prejudiced pasts.

Warning: This story contains racist images.

In the mirror of historical societal bigotry, footy teams can so often be seen looking back, a reflection of the attitudes and biases of the time.

But while the reflections of some organisations have manifested themselves as a blurred likeness of society, others have stared back with every ugly pockmark and scar accentuated by the spotlight that beams down on the centre stage of sport.

Author: Ivan Robinson