Quaden Bayles, the Australian boy who was filmed saying he wanted to die because of bullying, has received racist abuse after attending a Black Lives Matter march.
The nine-year-old, who has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, received support from around the world earlier this year when his mother Yarraka Bayles shared a video of him in floods of tears on Facebook.
Image: Quaden’s mother says her son faces constant bullying for his condition
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for Quaden, which were donated to a range of causes, including some which work with Aboriginal communities.
He also received support from the actor Hugh Jackman and NRL stars, who invited him to participate in the annual Indigenous All Stars match.
Quaden attended the protest in Brisbane at the weekend and shared a number of photos on his Instagram page, which has almost 470,000 followers.
One of the pictures shows the boy posing with a Queensland rapper called Lisi whom he met at the #BLM event.
“Was so happy to meet this guy at the #BLM march today. Love listening to @lisi4300,” he wrote in the caption.
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But while the photo was liked by thousands of his followers, it also received many racist comments.
Some followers criticised the trolls, branding them as “sick”.
One follower wrote: “So many trolls hating. They got no life but to make a (sic) stupid comments.”
While another said: “Don’t listen to them haters.”
The Brisbane protest followed the death of George Floyd, a black man from Minnesota who died on 25 May after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes during his arrest.
Image: Quaden runs on to the field before the NRL match
Quaden also posted an image from the protest showing him holding the photo of TJ Hickey – a 17-year-old boy who died during a police pursuit when he was thrown from his bike and impaled on a fence in Sydney in 2004.
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