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What colonialism has perpetrated and the activists fighting back
By Emily Manuel on January 26, 2012
Today is the second Australia Day since I moved to the United States. One of the most surprising things for me to experience out of Australia was people saying–even in the American South!–Australia’s really racist, isn’t it? And personally, I hate that. I hate that there is such a strong implicit idea of who an Australian “is,” and how racist and dependent on assimilation that is. I hate the way that is enforced with violence and ugly rhetoric, and I hate the policies that our country mobilises against Aboriginal communities and refugees.
And yet. For all that I hate what Australia Day represents, I am more homesick than usual today.
By Jo Tamar on January 14, 2012
Jo Tamar’s first review for the 2012 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge – Carpentaria by Alexis Wright.
Posted in arts & entertainment, Culture, gender & feminism, indigenous | Tagged australian women writers challenge, books & writing, indigenous, literature, women authors, women's writing | 1 Response
By blue milk on January 8, 2012
OK, this one is Violeta Parra, an incredibly haunting Chilean folk singer who saw folk music as a “weapon against oppression”. Yeah which revolutionary didn’t? She and her children became the song-writers of the left-wing political movement of her country. Not only that, Parra went to huge lengths to archive and legitimise Chilean folk music [...]
By blue milk on November 8, 2011
Aboriginal and Islander men, so readily demonised in Australia, held a march last Saturday in Melbourne in the name of reclaiming, respecting and protecting themselves and their communities.
By Jo Tamar on November 7, 2011
“Rarely-used” is not synonymous with “rarely-used against me and people like me”.
By tigtog on October 14, 2011
We lost a great Australian on October 1st, 2011.
By tigtog on September 28, 2011
… with respect to statements made by the serial trollumnist in published articles from 2009/2010 questioning whether the Aboriginality of certain pale-skinned indigenous people was genuine…”contained errors of fact, distortions of the truth and inflammatory and provocative language”
By blue milk on September 24, 2011
I recently read Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man, upon which this documentary is based and it’s a terrific read. (You can get a taste of it here). Kinda like Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood in terms of genre, but a lot more political. Although the politics isn’t clobbering, so don’t be afraid of the politics. [...]
By Mindy on May 20, 2011
Great post from Racialicious on Slut Walk.
Posted in gender & feminism, history, indigenous, language, law & order, Life, media, social justice, violence | Tagged activism/charity, sexuality and health, Slutwalk, social change, WOC | 27 Responses
By tigtog on November 16, 2010
Dr Sykes (although she had not yet even begun her PhD) was the first woman I ever saw referred to as an activist on the TV news, when she was arrested in 1972 as the police overran the Aboriginal Tent Embassy outside Parliament House in Canberra. There will be no picture of her here now that she is deceased.
By blue milk on September 8, 2010
No, me neither. Until Crikey. As Bob Gosford points out, when hundreds of Aboriginal men get together we’re just not interested in reporting on them unless they’re doing something bad.