'It's Ok To Be White' Banner Unveiled At Big Bash Cricket Match
Cricket fans have caused outrage after a banner with a white-supremacist phrase was unveiled at the Big Bash League.
The sign with the phrase "its OK to be white" was unfurled at a Big Bash match between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder on Thursday evening at Perth Stadium.
The group who displayed the banner hung it over the railing of one of the seating areas and left it there for a number of minutes. Security immediately noticed the group and moved to remove the sign.
The group tried to walk away from the area but were stopped by security who were stationed at the concourse of the stadium. They were later removed from the stadium.
It's unclear if the group will be banned from attending future Cricket events.
WA Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murrary told 10 daily that the message clearly did not belong at the cricket.
"While I don't believe these people deserve any more publicity, there is clearly no place for racism in sport, or anywhere else," he said.
"Sport is supposed to be the great unifier so I am glad these people were quickly removed from the venue."
The phrase 'it's OK to be white' is associated with far-right and anti-white racism groups. About a year ago, posters with the phrase were posted on walls at various US universities and high schools The posters were later removed as they were deemed 'hate speech'.
The phrase has also been associated with neo-Nazi groups and other white supremacists movements.
Senator Pauline Hanson introduced an 'it's OK to be white' motion into the Senate in October 2018. She denied the phrase had any connection with neo-Nazis or Ku Klux Klan movements.
The Senate then voted in favour of the motion. Later, government leader in the Senate, Mathias Cormann, blamed an "administrative error" for the vote's success.
10 daily has contacted Cricket Australia for comment.
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