Nicky Winmar is still amazed every time racism in sport rears its head.
"It's nearly 20 years since (Essendon player) Michael Long and I took a stand for our culture and our people," Winmar said.
"Why is it still happening?"
This week, West Perth's Kody Manning was suspended for three matches for vilifying Aboriginal opponent Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls. He is the second Falcon in three years to be suspended for this offence. It is almost 20 years since Winmar famously hoisted his No.7 St Kilda jersey to expose his black skin in a defiant stand against racism on the football field.
He is acutely disappointed Aboriginal players continue to suffer ugly taunts as they walk off the field.
Winmar's jersey has become a cultural and AFL icon, passing in at auction last month when bids fell just short of the $100,000 reserve.
But since his last game 12 years ago, Winmar has drifted from the spotlight to split his time between work at an iron ore mine and the quiet life on a farm in country WA.
But Winmar's star has not waned in the remote communities and towns he visits to share his inspiring story with young Aboriginals.
This week he was in Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome in a line-up of Aboriginal sport, music and television stars in a basketball and hip-hop challenge for the national Vibe 3on3 program.He said he wanted young Aboriginals to be proud of their achievements and respect each other.
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