Many people were shocked by Fraser's racist comments, but for other prominent Australians with different cultural backgrounds, it was all too familiar.
But it was Mariam Veiszadeh, a lawyer and Muslim community advocate, who really nailed the deeper problem in Australia with these tweets:
With so many of our athletes coming from diverse racial backgrounds, it's a reminder that our sporting heroes are Australians not just when they're winning, but all the other times too.
Veiszadeh, who has been the target of Islamophobic abuse online in the past, told BuzzFeed News that Dawn Fraser's comments didn't surprise her.
In May, Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes was criticised by Eddie Maguire and other commentators over a post-goal Aboriginal war dance. Media personality Waleed Aly explained why he thought some people got so worked up over it:
Kyrgios shared a message of support on his Facebook page this morning, and said the incident showed him that being Australian is about being "understanding, supportive, and standing by your people."
Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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