Being in a position of power where you are able to broadcast your views and opinions to national Australia is something that should require great delicacy, respect and critical review and consideration of all perspectives.
Unfortunately with this current treatment of Adam Goodes, those in power are not highlighting and educating wider Australia on our deeply-rooted racism, and are instead trying to sweep it under the rug.
Charlie Pickering’s review below sums it up quite nicely, thank you Pickering for using your voice for awareness and education.
This saga is entirely racially motivated. To pretend otherwise is to deny that racism against Aboriginal Australians exists; it’s to deny the wounds of our racist history and how the scars continue to fester into the present.
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Matt McGorry – aka, Officer Bennett from Orange Is The New Black – has posted a great response to the attack of the ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ hashtag with ‘#AllLivesMatter’.
#BlackLivesMatter – was launched to bring attention to the number of black men, women and children who’ve died as a result of police brutality, and to condemn the systemic racism in America’s law enforcement.
In recent months, the ‘#AllLivesMatter’ response has bandwagoned on the original hashtag’s momentum, under the guise of some truth-telling inclusivity.
Some people think they are being more inclusive by saying #AllLivesMatter in response to #BlackLivesMatter but in reality, they’re (un)consciously undermining the purpose of the movement. Because this PARTICULAR movement is about SPECIFIC issues, as any decently effective movement is.
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You may have seen the beautiful Nykhor Paul, a fashion modelfrom South Sudan, fill up your news feed recently. She has called out makeup artists for being ill-prepared to work with dark-skinned models and with many brand now catering for women of colour, there’s little excuse for professional makeup artists to not carry make-up for darker complexions.
Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up wtf! Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least!
I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?
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With the celebrations of the last few days, it’s easy to forget that there is still a giant, treacherous mountain in front of us when it comes to equality for all.
While Friday’s ruling for same sex marriage is a giant win in a long and tiring fight for equal rights, there are still big fights to fight:
Whether I am legally married or not, the rainbow flag of LGBTQ equality will never shield my black body from a reckless police officer’s bullet. I cannot summon enough pride to prevent my black, gay body from being the target of white racial supremacy. I cannot selectively choose which fight I can show up for, because mere survival requires me to fight for racial, sexual, gender, economic and social justice at once.
I slightly disagree with the below – I think even with the passiveness of the ‘slacktavist’, clicking a button to change their profile showing their support and celebrating what is a major win for equality spreads awareness and acceptance – however, I think it’s important to point out that this can’t be seen as the end point of our fight, merely another tick on a long list of changes that must happen in our society.
LGBTQ celebration should not overshadow the tragedy of black death and inequity. Not while white LGBTQ people refuse to confront the anti-black racism within their liberal communities. Not while marriage equality work can amass more money than programming for trans women of color and LGBTQ youth. Not while undocumented LGBTQ people continue to be detained and abused by the state. Not while I must daily argue for the mattering of black lives.
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Kids are impressionable, we all know this. And while it can sometimes be cute when a little one repeats a swear word they heard a family member utter accidentally in frustration, what is not cute is a child repeating racist thinking they’ve been taught by intolerant parents.
This is what happened to sweet Samara Muir, a three-year-old Aboriginal girl who has been all over social media for an incident in Melbourne last month where she was dressed up at a Disney event and was racially abused.
The lady in front of us turned around to Samara and said ‘I don’t know why you’re dressed up for because Queen Elsa isn’t black’
I asked the woman what she meant by the comment and then one of the woman’s young daughters screwed up her face, she pointed at Samara and said ‘you’re black and black is ugly’.
Apparently Samara then tried to scrub her skin white and refused to go to her Aboriginal dance classes.
But in tolerant and multicultural way of most of Australia, her story has raised huge support and she is now proud of who she is and is encouraging other little girls and boys to be proud of who they are too.
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You have to love a social awareness campaign that promotes equality through powerful imagery. Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad has created the “My Stealthy Freedom” campaign in which women in Iran take photos of them removing the the hijab in a protest for gender equality.
Men in Iran are educated and cultured. They are reacting positively because they support women having the freedom to choose. It is only the government who claims a woman who does not cover her head is bad.
My Stealthy Freedom receives support from women who want and don’t want to cover their head alike; it is about the right to choose, not about insulting Islam.
Islamic veils 101:
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I don’t have much to say on this other than watch, just watch. You won’t regret it.
If you’re short on time, I recommend watching Lena Dunham and Tracee Ellis Ross.
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Finally justice for those in Baltimore as the State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, announces six police offices have been charged over the source of the Baltimore riots. The police officers’ unlawful actions resulted in the death of Gray on April 19 from a spinal cord injury, after being transported in a police van without being given a seat belt or adequate medical attention.
Mosby thanked protesters who rallied against injustice in a peaceful manner along with those who protected the city against those trying to inflict damage and harm.
“No one is above the law and I will pursue justice.”
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And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality and humanity.
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Holy shit this video is amazing. Amandla Stenberg, the 16-year-old ‘Hunger Games’ actress (and I highlight her age because she has a better grasp of race issues than majority of people twice her age) eloquently explains how pop culture has appropriated elements of black culture (eg cornrows, braids, grills, twerking) and the issue that many of the white artists who have adopted elements of black culture have “failed to speak on the racism that comes along with black identity”, especially in light of the current protests in the US for police brutality against black people.
“Hip hop stems from black struggle, from jazz and blues, styles of music that were created to retain humanity in the face of adversity.”
“What would America be like if it loved black people as much as it loves black culture?”
Originally sourced from BuzzFeed News.
This one is an intriguing look into how a simple lack of awareness and blind hatred bred through generations can fester into young people in Australia turning to extremist groups like ISIS. Worth a read/watch.
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A great article in Daily Life that highlights the lack of racial diversity in Australian advertising and media.
The exclusion of people of colour renders them so insignificant that advertisers need not bother acknowledging their existence at all.
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These satirical illustrations by Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski highlight inequalities in everyday life. Sometimes we are so engrained in the day to day we just accept inequalities without question.
Illustrations sourced (and more available) from Truth Seeker Daily