Who am I? A Yorta Yorta woman. Political addict. Food lover. Health nut. Appreciator of art. Self declared nerd. Singer who cant sing.
I blog about things close to my heart; Australian politics, Aboriginal issues, health, music, art, films and a variety of other topics.
Im a little bit cheeky and a lot smart and so of course all the views are my own.
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Racism is alive and well.
Racism is alive and well.
Watching Glory Road,
a story about a basketball team in the US who play predominantly African
Americans, the first team to do so made me stop and think. It caused me to
reflect on racism in Australia; more specifically racism against Aboriginal
people. Over the last week or so we have seen two separate racist incidents
direct at Adam Goodes; one by a child the other a well-known TV presenter and
football CEO. While the incidents are of course upsetting for Adam Goodes, the
timing cannot be better. I increasingly hear, that Australia is not a racist
country. That there is no racism against Aboriginal people, that “I am not
racist”. These statements cannot be true in the wake of the incidents against
Adam Goodes. These two incidents were covered heavily in the media but what
about the incidents that are not covered. Almost everyday I hear that someone I
know who has been the subject of racism. And the days that I do not, it doesn’t
mean it has not occurred.
As an individual I can do very little about it, however that
does not stop me from doing and saying what ever I can to counter the racism.
On a personal level, I live my life in a way that shows that Aboriginal people
are not the stereotypes that continued to be maintained. I am well educated,
well spoken and career orientated, yet I am still Aboriginal. I work for an
Aboriginal organisation, I respect elders, my land and my people. I believe
that Aboriginal people are strong and proud, as I am a strong proud Aboriginal
woman. I believe the little bits that individuals make contribute to a bigger
Beyond defying the stereotype’s, I look to work toward a
future where Aboriginal people can just “be”.The career path I have chosen is not about the money I could make but
working to promote a future where Aboriginal people are afforded all the
opportunities this “lucky country” has to offer. This country has and sometimes
continues to, deny Aboriginal people opportunity. There is nothing “lucky”
about that. Therefore I fight for the people who cannot fight for themselves.
The people who have suffered more than they can handle and their ability to
fight has been extinguished. I fight for those who do not know how to fight and
for those who are too young to fight. I fight for those who are too tired to
fight. I fight because things do not change on their own. We need to be the
agents of our own change, because no one will hand it to us.
We live in a time when racism is more covert. Where people
hide their racism because racism is no longer PC. Where people who do not
experience racism believe it does not exist. Complacency will only hurt us,
which is why even though Adam Goodes is hurting, the racism he has suffered is
what we all suffer as Aboriginal people and now Australia has not choice but to
So when people question me on why I fight for Aboriginal
people. That is why I fight. Because if those of us who can fight do not we
will continue to live under the cloud of racism. And the gains the generations
before us made will slip quietly away.