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Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
Position: G
Born: 08/11/88
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Salary: $12,678,571
Patty Mills remembers asking the question. Vividly, despite it happening more than 25 years ago. “Mum, does that mean that they’re going to come and take me away too?” He was “five or six” years old, and Mills was hearing his mother’s story. She was a member of the Stolen Generations. Last month, as the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum, Mills, an NBA star and a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man, gave an emotional account of growing up black in Australia. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he said in a video for the San Antonio Spurs website. “She said, ‘No, darl’, Dad’s going to stand on that big rock over there, with a big stick, and make sure no-one comes near here.”
Canberra prides itself as being a diverse and welcoming city. But growing up in the national capital was at times traumatising for Mills, whose mother is Aboriginal and whose father is a Torres Strait Islander. “I’ve been called black … everything under the sun,” he told the Spurs website. “As well as abo, darky, blackie, petrol sniffer, n*****, monkey, chimp. But for whatever reason, the worst one out of the lot for me was being called a black c***. Unfortunately it was a constant for me and I just had to get used to it.”
At the 2012 Olympics in London, on a much lower floor, Mills repeated his ritual with the two flags representing Australia’s Indigenous populations, only to be ordered by a few Australian Olympic Committee officials to take the flags down. An argument ensued, Mills said, before he turned to Brown, who doubles as Australia’s head coach. Mills was distraught after the federation officials ignored pleas from Matt Nielsen, Mills’ teammate and Australia’s white captain, to let him keep the flags displayed. “Brownie absolutely squashed the whole thing in 10 minutes,” Mills said. “Before Brownie and Pop, I never really had support like that from someone of authority to help me educate people on my environment on who I am.”
Mills also arrived for the restart of the N.B.A. season with what he referred to as “my shield” — his internal defense mechanism to ward off hurtful words and actions. The shield, he said, is a byproduct of a lifetime of racial abuse that began on his first day of kindergarten, soon after Mills’s parents had moved to the Australian capital of Canberra to take jobs with the federal government. “I’m the only Black kid in the room,” Mills said of that first day. “It didn’t take long before the biggest kid in the room walked up to me and threw a straight uppercut to the guts, completely knocking the wind out of me and leaving me in all sorts of tears.” “I saw this boy coming from the left, and he came from a fair distance,” said his mother, Yvonne Mills, who was against a wall nearby, observing alongside other parents. “I can still feel the punch in my stomach, too.”