Reconciliation

Doll captures everyone’s attention during Australian football final

Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston takes a moment in the centre of the field with his daughter Frankie Thurston. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

A little girl’s doll is probably the last thing you’d expect to be the most talked about moment of the night during the final game of Australia’s Rugby League. But when the two-year old daughter of Johnathan Thurston, captain of the winning team North Queensland Cowboys, came onto the pitch to celebrate carrying a dark-skinned doll, it was a highly symbolic and emotionally-charged moment for many. For the first time in the league’s history, the captains of the two teams during the football final were indigenous Australians — at a time when Australian sport is rife with racism against indigenous players, and the country is having a heated debate on the constitutional rights of its indigenous people. In that context, the image of a little girl carrying a dark-skinned doll was hailed by many as a beautiful moment of diversity.

Read the full story at the BBC.

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