(Sydney) Activist is hunting for cheese. An anti-racism campaigner will take his fight to Coon cheese after winning a nine-year battle to erase the word ‘‘ nigger’’ from a sports ground yesterday.
Queensland Sports Minister Judy Spence said the Toowoomba Sports Ground Trust had agreed the word would not be used ‘‘ anywhere’’ on the grounds after the E.S. ‘‘ Nigger’’ Brown Stand — named after an international rugby player — was demolished.
The fight to remove the name has been fought almost single handedly by Aboriginal academic Stephen Hagan, who took his battle as far as the UN.
Mr Hagan said he would now focus his effort on fighting Dairy Farmers’ Coon cheese.
‘‘ Dairy Farmers said it was named after Edward Coon, who revolutionised the speeding process of making cheese,’’ he said. ‘‘ But I’ve questioned the authenticity of that story.’’
Mr Hagan claims the cheese used to have a black wraparound and was named ‘‘ Coon’’ as a joke.
‘‘ I want Dairy Farmers to show me the evidence of Edward Coon being given an honorary doctorate and what year he received that honorary doctorate,’’ he said. ‘‘ If they can prove to me that Edward Coon was a famous cheese maker, I will drop my campaign.
‘‘ If they can’t do it, I’m going to fight them all the way, just like I did with Nigger Brown.
Vest needs to know what alternative names could replace this icoonic cheese label, something like A B Original Cheddar.
Round about the eighties, Charles Perkins, a past Australian Aborigine spokes person, made a suggestion to J Laws a well known but now retired talk show host, that, all names of Cities Towns villages, rivers roads and public places, should adopt Aborigine names. I am uncertain of the reply from J Laws to Charlie Perkins, but it would not be too difficult to guess.
John Laws 'Lawsy' has retired, a replacement to equal him will never be found.
"I wonder what will be said about me"
Monday, 29 September 2008
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