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St Kilda player Nicky Winmar points to his skin in response to a racist taunt from the crowd, 1993

On 17 April 1993, Aboriginal Australian Football League (AFL) player Nicky Winmar stood defiantly in front of opposition spectators who had been hurling racial abuse at him. He lifted his jersey and pointed at his skin, shouting ‘I’m black and I’m proud to be black’. Winmar’s stand, which was captured in iconic photographs, opened the way to a code of conduct that was the first of its kind in Australia.


Wayne Ludbey, The Age

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