Slowly but surely, anecdotal evidence is mounting to the effect that racism has had a telling impact within different strata of the GAA's playing population.
For this reason, the funeral of George Floyd must not be viewed as the end of a sorry saga, but rather the impetus for a sustained drive to totally eliminate verbal abuse in relation to the colour of a person's skin.
Over the course of the past few weeks, the list of people who have come forward from within the GAA to outline their experiences of racial abuse within the sport which we love has not only been embarrassing but utterly shameful.
Stefan Okunbor, Franz Sauerland, Lara Dahunsi, Jemar Hall, Aaron Cunningham, Lee Chin, Jason Sherlock... shall I go on? No, best to leave it at that since this list provides more than sufficient food for thought.
These are all people who were committed to their chosen code under the GAA banner, yet experienced difficulty in exhibiting their skills and retaining their focus because of the desire on the part of others on the field of play to stoop to a new low in terms of name-calling.
The GAA has rightly condemned instances of racism which have been brought to its attention at the highest level, but the real scourge is that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Dublin All-Ireland winner Sherlock, who was No.2 to Jim Gavin during the Dubs' complete dominance of the All-Ireland Football Championship over the course of the past five years, has a particularly distressing story to tell, but he has shown admirable courage in putting that behind him and helping to build the best football team that ever graced the GAA.
I want to enthusiastically echo Sherlock's call for greater education on matters pertaining to racism and homophobic abuse within the GAA.
It's all very well tut-tutting, but this does little to eradicate what is an ongoing problem.
It was also very illuminating to learn of the experiences of Dahunsi, an outstanding player with the Antrim ladies' football team who has apparently been forced to shoulder some most unladylike verbal abuse.
I feel it is time for action rather than mere words of condemnation. To this end, I would like to see provision made for young players, in particular, to be made fully aware of the hurt verbal abuse can inflict on those towards whom it is directed.
The GAA prides itself on its family and was one of the first sporting bodies to embrace the 'we're all in this together' ethos that has governed our overall approach to the coronavirus.
It is also worth bearing in mind that racism within the GAA has not been restricted to any particular sector.
We all understand that in the heat of battle remarks can be made, but there is a line which no one should slide below when engaging in verbals.
In many instances, players have felt obliged to turn the other cheek rather than draw the attention of a referee to an instance of verbal abuse.
I feel that matters should be addressed on the field of play rather than surfacing perhaps weeks after a game has taken place, when people perhaps have a somewhat hazy recollection of what actually took place.
We are all aware that in the past many players strove to get under the skin of the man they were marking by making salacious remarks. Here, I would urge managers to ensure that their players observe reasonable standards of decency and decorum.
Hypocritical standards do nothing for the image, status or future of any sport, be that cycling, basketball, football or anything else.
I have no doubt that a spotlight will continue to be shone on racism in sport and the world at large.
Let's try and ensure that the GAA is not caught in its rays.