Filed under ‘this is why we have to acknowledge anti-*Blackness* in Australia’

Trigger warning for anyone who doesn’t want to read anti-Black comments from white Australians.

Consider this another follow up to my post, ‘ANTI-BLACKNESS/BLACK *BODIES* & THE ‘TOO PRETTY TO BE ABORIGINAL’ TALK.’

An op ed was published on news.com.au titled, ‘‘Why, like New Zealand, aren’t we more proud of our indigenous people?’

I will neither endorse nor critique that editorial. I will just post some quotes from (apparently nice, good and “educated”) white Australian’s that are quoted in it:

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“I went to Darwin but the problems with Aboriginals are everywhere … They’re not like the ones in Redfern. It’s really bad. Same as in Western Australia. They were scary.”

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“Your Aboriginals are so black up there … I went to Darwin once and just noticed all the Aboriginal homeless people. I was just shocked by how they were everywhere.”

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“Just the way they walk around in Darwin. It’s different. There’s something about it. They’re blacker up there.”

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“There are a lot of black people in Darwin. I don’t think I’ll go back here again.”

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Suffice to say… Black bodies are read and profiled differently than fairer skinned bodies. Black bodies are read and profiled differently than fairer skinned bodies. Black bodies are read and profiled differently than fairer skinned bodies. Repeat ad infinitum (or until we thoroughly dismantle white supremacy locally and globally).

The op ed also relates a story about how singer/artist Gurrumul Yunupingu (pictured) was repeatedly denied cabs:

The op ed also relates a story about how singer/artist Gurrumul Yunupingu (pictured) was repeatedly denied cabs: “Gurrumul, who has performed for the queen and on stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, had the same problem when he tried to get a taxi home after performing with Missy Higgins in Melbourne. The taxis would come, see him, and drive away.”

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Posted on December 5, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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