Perceived Racism and Rob Thomas

[NOTE: I wish I had have thought of a title other than "Perceived Racism and Rob Thomas". It was rushed and a poor choice. A friend rightly pointed out the notion of perceived racism is liberally applied by racists to instances of racism, such as blackface, to invalidate the idea that such instances are in fact racist. I … Continue reading Perceived Racism and Rob Thomas

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Aboriginal Nations and Language – Confusion, Convolution, and Controversy

Something painful about Black politics in Australia is the number of blackfellas that are greatly uninformed. One person makes one baseless claim, and, the next thing you know, it has spread like wildfire. For example, this one bloke I know thinks that the word, "Aboriginal," is a word that the Crown in Australia tries to use to … Continue reading Aboriginal Nations and Language – Confusion, Convolution, and Controversy

Poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)

I am currently in Oodnadatta, and I have been reading poetry by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (formerly known as Kath Walker) at the Pink Roadhouse. It's quite fascinating poetry, and incredibly moving. Here I share a few that I have thoroughly enjoyed or found thought provoking.An Appeal:Statesmen, who make the nation's laws,With power to force unfriendly doors,Give leadership … Continue reading Poems by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)

#1 – “Because A White Man’ll Never Do It” – a series of extracts and quotes from Kevin Gilbert’s tour de force.

"The only answer is to give them back their land rights and let the Aborigine try and rectify what the white man has done because a white man will never do it." I've been really torn reading this book. There's a lot of history and personal stories recorded therein that are like a raging fire … Continue reading #1 – “Because A White Man’ll Never Do It” – a series of extracts and quotes from Kevin Gilbert’s tour de force.

Aboriginal Sovereignty, in the thought of a 1830’s settler

"Are these unhappy creatures the subjects of our king, in a state of rebellion? or are they an injured people, whom we have invaded and with whom we are at war? Are they within the reach of our laws; or are they to be judged by the law of nations? Are they to be viewed … Continue reading Aboriginal Sovereignty, in the thought of a 1830’s settler