Feb 02, 2021
Eddie McGuire: No need to thank me for ending racism globally
When historians pinpoint the exact moment racism suffered a mortal blow, it will be 1 February 2021, when the report finding systemic racism at the Collingwood Football Club proved without a shadow of doubt that Collingwood is not a racist club.
The report so exonerated the club that we didn’t even need to utter the word ‘sorry’ in media conference.
It’s a watershed moment that I hope will kick off a conversation free of criticism of Collingwood.
Sure, the report highlighted a few mishaps along the road but as a relative newcomer to the Collingwood Football Club, I’m now in a position of power to fix these things.
Some of the findings are confronting, like the bit that says, “There is a culture of individuals, if not quite being bigger than the club, then at least having an unhealthy degree of influence over club culture.’’
I want to assure everyone that I will personally find out the person this is referring to and see them out the door by the end of the year.
In my short time at Collingwood, we’ve taken huge steps in ending racism at the club. Why we have some Asian people playing netball for us and there’s a guy in finance who is from, well, I want to say India, but it could be Sri Lanka or similar. The point is, he counts.
With all I’ve learnt fixing things at Collingwood, it’s time to focus on the broader global issue of racism.
I didn’t ask to lead this global fight, but I’ve had a lot of experience fighting racism as well as helping Indigenous people. Why, I identified extra employment opportunities for Adam Goodes and helped honour Nicky Winmar on The Footy Show.
My experience in this fight goes way back. I rarely mention this, but I grew up poor in Broadmeadows and we even had racism back then.
I’m not expecting any credit for leading this global fight, self-promotion is something I’ve never had any interest.
What I will say is I’m proud of what I’ve done to end racism, with what little influence I have, and there’s no need to thank me, you’re welcome.
My book Cheat: The Not-so-subtle Art of Conning Your Way to Sporting Glory is out now.