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    Indigenous Australians Are Mad As Hell About The Way Adam Goodes Has Been Treated

    Some of the country's most influential Aboriginal leaders have have come out to stand side-by-side with Adam Goodes.

    Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes has taken an indefinite break from playing AFL after being racially abused at last Sunday's West Coast-Sydney Swans clash.

    Acclaimed Aboriginal author Anita Heiss understands the emotional toll racism can have.

    The statement of support already has over 50 signatures from some of the country's most influential Indigenous people.

    The furore over Goodes' performance of an Aboriginal war dance after scoring a goal in May has since ignited heated debate about whether it was appropriate behaviour.

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    The furore over Goodes' performance of an Aboriginal war dance after scoring a goal in May has since ignited heated debate about whether it was appropriate behaviour.

    Commentators like radio shock jock Alan Jones have called Goodes "sensitive" while others have said that the treatment Goodes has received is not racially motivated.

    Heiss is outraged that the discussion is largely in the hands of non-Indigenous people.

    "We've got white middle-class men telling black people what is and what is not racism. I mean it's like men telling women what sexism is and is not. The perpetrator does not get the right to define what the victim is feeling," she tells BuzzFeed News.

    The hashtag "I Stand With Adam" is now being used on social media and McDermott says it's time that Australia embraces Goodes' achievements.

    White people telling us what's not racist is like men telling women what's not sexist. #IStandWithAdam

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    Imagine being Adam Goodes tonight. #IStandWithAdam #racismstopswithme

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    The haka is a strong & proud Maori, now NZ, tradition. Why are we so threatened by honouring Aboriginal heritage? The guilt? #IStandWithAdam

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    Growing up, my father told me to "never bow my head" #istandwithadam

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    "How much more can you do for your country, your sport and your industry? And then to get treated like this, well it's disgusting," McDermott says.

    "Australians want to cherry-pick what they like about blackfellas but when Adam does something like that dance that he is proud of - and in the Indigenous round no less - he gets slammed."