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.
The artwork depicts an Aboriginal mother who is an ‘unsung hero’ leading her children through example, showing that actions can speak louder than words.
Perhaps revelations over the last week regarding disrespectful shenanigans on top of Uluru will finally push the govt to honour the promises it made in 1983 to stop people climbing the rock?
If you can’t sit through those few minutes or few seconds it is unlikely that you are only annoyed with the occasional political correctness or silliness of it.
Via baby_elvis, this ice-dancing routine. From the news: Russian world ice-skating champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin have danced around the controversy surrounding their Aboriginal-themed routine, insisting they will still use it at the Winter Olympics. Aboriginal elders say the pair’s two-and-a-half minute routine causes serious cultural offence. But Domnina and Shabalin, favourites to win gold at next month’s Winter… Read more →
So, in case you haven’t been following along, there has been talk for quite some time about closing the Uluru climb. A whole lot of tourists, despite being educated about the issues the Anangu people have with the climb of this sacred site, choose to do it anyway. And they piss up there, and shit on the rock. They’re contributing… Read more →
The worst thing is the racial subtext to this whole thing. Indigenous children are vastly overrepresented in gaols.
What’s grinding my gears today: WA Today: Poor parenting alarms schools Education Minister Julia Gillard has acknowledged that poor parenting is placing a heavy burden on schools and has promised principals she will give them more support to tackle violence, bullying and behavioural problems. […] Gary Quinn, the principal of Dalyellup College in Western Australia, suggested schools should run programs… Read more →
After seeing the camping strips in Calvin & Hobbes, the Lad wanted me to look into local Cub Scouts. Y’all know I’m not too keen on the theist and heterosexist (and etc) aspects of Scouts, but I went to have a look at the webpage anyhow. And saw this. (Emphasis is mine.) Cub Scout adult Leaders are known by names… Read more →
Another thing that’s not satire? A racist “Nigel the Crazy Noonga” ‘comedy’ routine, in which a Perth student ‘pranked’ businesses by putting on an Aboriginal English accent and acting in a stereotypical manner. This bigoted wannabe has developed a certain following amongst vapid white-supremacist youth, and should be a great warmup act for the next Straya Day white-power punch-up. Search… Read more →
Two years ago, a $672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) was announced for the Northern
Territory. It was supposed to involve the building of 750 homes, 230 rebuilds and 2500 refurbishments by 2013. As yet, not one home has been built. Let’s see what’s going on, shall we?
Tom Calma, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, announced today at the National Press Club the proposed formation of a new national advisory body to bring the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to the Minister, Parliament, and bureaucrats. Tom Calma is lder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group… Read more →
ABC Online: “Aboriginal people seek refugee status” A group of Aboriginal people has asked the United Nations to register them as refugees, saying the Northern Territory intervention has made them outcasts in their own country Richard Downs, a spokesperson for the Alyawarra Nation, which represents about 4000 people in central Australia, says the request was handed to the United Nations… Read more →
Is there anyone reading along here who knows enough feminist theory to grok the concept of unexamined privilege who doesn’t believe in unconscious/subconscious sexism? Surely we all know by now that many if not most of the most insidious and difficult to change sexist behaviours are those that operate as unexamined habits rather than conscious choices.