Heritier Lumumba demands AFL boss’ head over latest racism scandal

Heritier Lumumba, the former Magpies and Demons star who called out racism at Collingwood, has slammed the AFL after another scandal.

Adelaide’s Taylor Walker was stood down for the remainder of the season after making a racist remark about SANFL player Robbie Young.

Many thought Walker’s apology fell flat and Crows CEO Tim Silvers refused to assure the veteran of his future at the club, while journalist Caroline Wilson and ex-Collingwood president Eddie McGuire had a heated clash on TV.

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Wilson was critical of Walker’s video apology while McGuire said he had some sympathy for the Adelaide star’s situation.

“I’ll tell you what happens: If you apologise, it’s all spin. If you don’t apologise, then you’re recalcitrant. If you apologise too much, then you’re adding mayonnaise to it. There is no answer to this,” McGuire said.

That response led to former Collingwood star Andrew Krakouer tweeting: “The answer: Don’t be racist. If our blakness bothers you … you’re racist.”

Lumumba when he was playing for the Magpies.Source:News Corp Australia

On Saturday Lumumba unloaded on the AFL, Walker, McGuire and called for the league’s CEO Gillon McLachlan to stand down.

“I’ve been thinking of Robbie Young a lot in recent days. I hope he and his family are doing OK through the intense attention that has followed him,” Lumumba tweeted.

“Re Walker – based on my on-field experience with him – this recent incident doesn’t surprise me. Talk of him being ‘well educated’ on racism for 10-15yrs proves just how broken the system is. Being ‘educated’ on racism by the AFL is like being taught how to drive by a toddler.

“Both Ross Lyon and Eddie McGuire are by-products of an era of Australian rules that enabled, practised, and cultivated a culture that normalised racial discrimination.

“It’s time for Gillon McLachlan to stand down & for the AFL to be led by someone who has the credentials & vision to address the systemic issues it has. McLachlan is an individual whose family has inherited massive generational wealth from stolen land. He‘s beyond privileged.

“McLachlan has never demonstrated that he’s gained insight on racism through his own colonial legacy, or the legacy of the AFL as an institution.

“The AFL has constantly hidden behind the failures of clubs instead of showing real leadership. McLachlan was incapable of responding effectively to the Adam Goodes saga, & continually avoided any direct criticism of McGuire. I encourage all to research the @joelwilkinson case.

“A problem with the AFL is that there’s generations of past players, coaches, fans, media who have a history of accepting &, in some cases, promoting racial discrimination. It’s their culture. They weren’t held accountable or educated, & they’re still part of the AFL ecosystem.

“Until there’s adequate leadership, we’ll continue to watch racism manifest at all levels.”

McGuire has come under fire after wading into the Walker situation. Picture: Alex Coppel.Source:News Corp Australia

McLachlan was in Lumumba’s crosshairs.Source:Getty Images

In 2018 former Gold Coast Suns player Joel Wilkinson launched legal action against the AFL, claiming he was the victim of systemic racism across the footy community before removing himself from proceedings in 2019. Wilkinson claimed he was being pushed into a settlement and nondisclosure agreement.

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