“ Long speeches, the shaking of fists, the banging of tables and strongly worded resolutions out of touch with the objective conditions do not bring about mass action and can do a great deal of harm to the organisation and the struggle we serve.”
Nelson Mandela, Presidential Address to the ANC Transvaal Congress, also known as the ‘No Easy Walk To Freedom’ Speech, Transvaal, South Africa, 21 September 1953 (via The Nelson Mandela Foundation)
Australia’s history of racism towards Aboriginals is absolutely disgusting.
Until the mid-60s, indigenous Australians came under the Flora And Fauna Act, which classified them as animals, not human beings. This also meant that killing an indigenous Australian meant you weren’t killing a human being, but an animal.
To this day, Australia breaks every code of the Geneva Convention when it comes to indigenous Australians and their human rights. The “public housing” that the government has given them are one-bedroom shacks with no running water, no electricity and no gas, that entire families are forced to live in. These shacks are in communities in the outback, as far away from “civilised” society as possible. Out of sight, out of mind.
Indigenous Australians that live in the city are commonly forced to live in very dangerous and derelict areas that the government gives very little funding towards. Redfern in Sydney is a highly indigenous Australian populated suburb that is rife with crime, unemployment and horrendous living conditions. The government does next to nothing to help these people, either.
Whenever riots have broken out as a result of incredibly low morale, the police and the government are very quick to point all the blame at the indigenous Australians and say that they are the cause of their own problems, rather than looking at what the actual cause is.
Unemployment rates amongst indigenous Australians is astronomical. Crime rates are astronomical. Suicide rates are extremely high within the indigenous Australian community. Death from inadequate living conditions and inadequate health care is common. Brutality towards indigenous Australians is common.
The way many indigenous Australians are forced to live is equivalent to that of what one would expect from a third-world country. Indigenous Australians are considered by the UN to be one of the most horrendously marginalised groups in the world.
And how does the government amend all of this? With a national “Sorry Day”, where white people plant a hand in some designated area of soil as a token of their white guilt, and then continue going about their white privileged day.
On top of that, white people here commonly bitch and complain about how “good” indigenous Australians have it and how “thankful” they ought to be to the white man for improving their quality of life. Meanwhile, indigenous Australians have lost almost all sense of identity and culture because of white colonisation.
What is left of Aboriginal identity and culture has been nearly completely destroyed. And most people in this disgustingly privileged country do not give a single god damn fuck.
Australia is a disgusting country when it comes to racism. I am disgusted by my own country.
This ^ pains me because I worked my arse off on an aboriginal community, helping community members to be able to run their own community, and I continuously get told I have a ‘white savior complex’
To the people shouting racism, yeah I get it. It’s fucked. However if you ask a lot of these people if they are happy with their location (which I did where I was, because I was genuinely curious and tried my hardest to learn their culture so that I didn’t unintentionally disrespect them) and a majority of those I asked were happy. They are given offices but not taught how to use the software, and people say this is ridiculous because they don’t need it, but that’s not then case. A community runs like any other town. There’s the ‘white man’ laws, but then there’s also the by laws which are written and enforced by the aboriginal elders of the land.
I went out there and took a couple of people from the community into the closest town and we did a course so that they could learn how to run parts of the community themselves.
If you’re going to run your mouth and call the entirety of Australia racist, get off your fucking arse and do something.
I’m not looking for a thanks or a congratulations for doing what was right. I’m looking for other people to do what’s right.
THIS ^ pains me because some white person saw those photos and that commentary but all they could think to write about was about them and how great they are without acknowledging the role of colonialism and structural inequality hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha <3
How is this even possible? Damn near 20 years later, Angela Bassett manages to not age one second. And still maintain her powers of e-nun-ciation, dahling!
I know you are truly an immortal queen, Angela, and I bow to thee.
How is your face literally the same????????
MELANIN IS WONDERFUL
“ Nothing neutralizes creativity quicker than tokenism, that false sense of security fed by a myth of individual solutions.”
But when I tell you that exceptionalism is not the answer. That tokens don’t reveal progress. That binaries cannot explain the intersections. That so-called “isolated incidents” don’t explain institutions and systems. That, as Audre Lorde writes “revolution is not a one-time event.”
“ they are no easy answers to racism or racialized sexism”
there are no cut-and-dry solutions for surviving the white heteropatriarchy
there isn’t an easy way to be an intersectional feminist
resistance doesn’t come with a user’s guide
it’s supposed to be difficult
it’s supposed to make you uncomfortable
it’s supposed to shatter your perceptions
if you’re not uneasy you are part of the problem