Luke Pearson: McGuire’s apology was necessary, and the AFL usually take an exemplary stand against racism. But work still has to be done
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.
Building an Indigenous Nationhood Movement: soundtrack to the Indigenous Leadership Forum 2013 held at the University of Victoria, May 21-28, 2013….
COMEDY is a personal thing, and I like mine political, particularly when white people come in for a pasting. Why? Because my career pretty much revolves around explaining to white Australians that …
I need to tag “dumb ass”
“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.”
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Photos of South African women protesting in the streets against the Apartheid government.
Aamer Rahman’s comedy is explicitly political (and very funny) and even he has an approach of “changing the world one laugh at a time? omg lol nope I wish” (& pointing out how huge and unattainable and brutal the expectation is that kids will defuse racism via humour)
I really wish some of the self-important comedy bros who go around saying shit like “you can’t censor me, it’s my job to push the boundaries of the ugly underbelly of society” had even half this level of humilityourcatastrophe)
Refusing to accept racism is not a by-product of “white guilt”. Refusing to stand by the negative and demeaning stereotyping of people based on their race (or gender, or ability, or sexual orientation) is not fostering victimhood or preventing self-reliance. Refusing to accept racism is not an attack on whatever freedom of speech someone has to broadcast their prejudices.
Refusing to accept racism and unreservedly apologising for its dissemination is, however, an important step in saying that we, as a community, no longer support such views. And if anyone has some sort of “freedom of speech” to be racist, others also have the freedom to criticise racism for the real harm it causes.
Sunili Govinnage is a lawyer from Perth currently volunteering to assist refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta, Indonesia. She did not go to UWA, and has no associations with the Indigenous Communities Education & Awareness Foundation, but she hates racism.
nearly choked on my weet bix when i read this thread.
aussie hiphop is MORE racist than the average of Australian society.
gimme a fucking break even tryna make yourselves out to be the enemy of racism in here. u people can lie to each other and slap each others backs all you like to convince yourselves. you can even join another charity it wont change the facts.. that every ethnic and black person i know sees this site and everyone who regularly posts on it as racists and bigots . actually make that IGNORANT racist bigots coz u dont even realise how prejudiced against others you have been whilst trying to push the idiotic agenda we’ve now seen the past ten years. i mean did you really believe a white blue eyed golden aussie from a wealthy home, would be the next Dr Dre ?? like really ????
White privilege is believing that the slavery of Africans doesn’t have far-reaching consequences because of the tiny number of white indentured servants in the colonies.
"It happened to white people too" Was just said to me…ROLL MY EYES