I think I can safely say that I am terribly unfamiliar and uninterested with cricket. That's something, coming out of the mouth of a person who considers himself an Australian and is an Australian, at least legally speaking. So despite my severe ignorance in the field of cricket I will dedicate a post to it, Australia's most popular sports (mainly because Australia is by far the best in it, but never mind Australia's affection with winning at all cost for now).
For a couple of months now, Australia has been campaigning in this cricket tournament against India. In one of the matches, an Indian player called an Australian player who happens to be of aboriginal ancestry a "monkey", and was therefore immediately accused of racial vilification, which in turn triggered such a fuss in the media that even I have heard about it enough times to have preferred being shot.
What I want to say about this incident is this. If someone was to call me a monkey, I couldn't care less about it; however, I would, if circumstances permit, correct the error and point out that I am not a monkey but rather an ape. You see, monkeys have tails, apes don't, and I definitely don't have a tail. Being called a monkey is to me a simple and forgettable error, as we're both primates, and that's it.
I know I'm the exception. Most people who were to be called a "monkey" would probably be insulted. However, I doubt most white Australians being called a "monkey" would promote the comment to anything higher than a simple insult; I suspect only a rare few would consider it to be racial vilification.
Why is it, then, that when an aboriginal, and only when an aboriginal, is being called a "monkey" the call is labeled racial vilification?
Allow me to propose an explanation. It is a rather uncomfortable one: The majority of "us", "white people", does consider itself superior to the aboriginals. One has to be their superior; after all, they are so primitive, aren't they? They look much closer related to apes than we do, don't they? Thus, along this twisted line of thought, when someone external uses our superior wisdom to promote their own nasty agendas, we immediately apply our logic and determine that a comment which under normal circumstances would have been considered a stupid insult and nothing more is actually a racial comment. But this classification can only be made when racist concepts are well integrated into our thoughts. Your brain has to have racist assumptions ingrained inside in order to consider the comment to be racist.
My point, therefore, is this. If most Australians consider the Indian's "monkey" call to be a racist comment, it is only because their brains are full of racist prejudice already.
The implications on Australian society as a whole are therefore pretty tragic.