Lilla Watson is an activist and intellectual, an artist and academic, a writer and a poet. My Aunty.


White people can and will do whatever the fuck they want regardless of what I might think or say.

This is one of my favourite gems from Iggy: “This idea that rap should be black… is worrying to me. It’s almost like segregation…isn’t that how conflict (!!?!) starts?”

Um, no. Actually, it’s nothing like segregation. And no, people thinking you and your fake, manufactured shit have no place in a culture built on authenticity is not how racism and wars started. Benevolent white people like you who want to forcibly colonise, appropriate and redefine other people’s culture and history are how racism and wars started.




Blackface was all about white people acting out caricatured, fetishised depictions of black people for the entertainment of white audiences.

Oh hell yes!!! What do we expect from an Australian privileged white woman? We know where you grew up Iggy. Just because you do Hip Hop now doesn’t mean shit. Your bigotry is showing. Couldn’t hide it forever. Not that you even tried. Embarrassment.

Another excellent Blog by Luke Pearson


Herieth Paul for TUSH Summer 2013 by Boe Marion


Applying pressure to a private business that has condoned, promoted or not taken a position against hate speech against women is not censorship, it’s activism. Our lives are increasingly defined by corporations and their policies. Telling an advertiser to stop objectifying women isn’t censorship, it’s applying consumer demand within the free market. Telling a business to stop sponsoring a show that calls women sluts for using basic birth control — nearly every woman in this country at some point in her life — isn’t censorship, it’s assisting them and other consumers in allocating their dollars wisely. Telling a user-dependent website to stop tolerating rape imagery isn’t censorship, it’s an uprising within the user community for the purpose of adjusting community standards to those that are safer for everyone. Private corporations are free to ignore the activism, and they are also free to do the right thing. When given sufficient nudge they often do, because women are important consumers.
Erin Matson (aka @erintothemax) on the ACLU’s absurd claim that Facebook is like a government. http://erintothemax.com/2013/05/29/on-feminism-and-accusations-of-censorship/ (via angryblacklady)

ut as long as ignorance is allowed to remain, people will think it’s a fair excuse. They will apologise without knowing why, only to do it again. The wheel of racism will keep on spinning.

Anti-racism is not a stop sign. It is a learned skill. It benefits
those who understand it by broadening their perspective, and it benefits those negatively impacted by reducing how often the encounter it from people who too often claim they “don’t mean to cause any offence”.

I hope we can raise the bar much higher in the future, and set the minimum standard from “not racist” to “anti-racist”, including support for strengthening the racial vilification laws that exist in Australia. Politicians, executives, leaders, and those who talk or write about Indigenous people in the media should be educated to meet this standard.

After all, how can our leaders and representatives be effective role models for anti-racism if they do not even know what it means? Racism either stops with all of us, or it doesn’t stop at all.

Some people seem to think that it’s petty or unimportant to point out racist celebrity misbehaviour because there are ‘bigger issues’ at play when it comes to racism, ie ‘there’s worse racism out there.’You should understand that normalising the casual mockery of people of colour through accepted mainstream culture - structurally preserving a white majority’s right to have fun at someone else’s expense - is a key building block in maintaining the hierarchy of racism. It’s naive to write off this kind of seemingly banal, pervasive everyday behaviour as if it somehow has no connection to people ultimately accepting actual systemic violence like the NT Intervention, the War on Terror, our refugee policy, and Australia’s straight up unwillingness to question our role in the wholesale dispossession of Aboriginal people.


The Blackface Wrap Up.



“But this is what I worry about: using words like ‘racist’ to describe the retweeting of this photo diminishes and dilutes the power of that word. I worry that by over-using it, we render it almost meaningless.

Does anyone truly believe Delta is racist? Or the guy dressed up as Seal? Come on. Let’s not be The Boy Who Cried Racist. It’s too important an accusation to throw it around so carelessly.”

Mia Freedman