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Commission slams racial abuse on Twitter

by Commissioner for Equal Opportunity | Mar 14, 2014

Acting Commissioner Allanah Lucas today responded to the reported Twitter abuse of West Coast Eagles footballer Nic Naitanui.

 She stated that the behaviour of the Twitter user was dire.

“Nic Naitanui is a celebrated sportsperson admired by many.

I do not understand why some people still think they can racially abuse anyone, and think that this behaviour is acceptable.

It is not okay face to face and it is not okay on any form of electronic media.”

Ms Lucas acknowledged that Nic responded to the tweet “u’re so black, can’t even c u....” with a fair response  calling for the tweeter to become better educated.  “Education is the key my man...”

She said, “Nic is right, education is the key.

So many people do things like this out of ignorance,”

The Equal Opportunity Commission promotes and provides education on this and similar issues.

 “We are partners in a national program called ‘Play by the Rules’ that promotes fairness in sport and acceptance of diversity of all cultures. 

This type of abuse does not come under the WA Equal Opportunity Act 1984, but could be challenged under the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act,” said Ms Lucas.

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