Questionable racism

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores

I resent being lumped in with the inference of collective racism simply because I’m ‘white’, and because 432 Indigenous people have been killed in custody since the multi-million-dollar royal commission and authorities have got away with it.

Is it so hard to believe that a great many Australians feel for these families, and share their frustration at injustice and powerlessness, and at the idea that widespread racism has nothing to do with it?

Political and legal agendas, collusion, apathy and ineptitude are the problem. If this is ‘systemic racism’ then to draw in the majority of the population is too convenient, and authorities need to be accountable.

When will we see people marching for reform of the legal system and political accountability?

Where is the action by knowledgable legal professionals and human rights lawyers?

Endless, endless debate about constitutional recognition is obscene and insulting to Indigenous Australians and it’s not the general population driving that!

The only obstruction to class action or reconciliation is a lack of intention by authorities and their political agenda, and it’s too convenient to point to some alleged underlying racism.

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8 responses to “Questionable racism”

  1. Liz L says:

    True Rod, and the marriage equality question showed how political action can badly lag community sentiment. But the most effective form of political accountability is the ballot box and we have not long voted this lot back in despite their internal warfare and residual troglodytes. It seems other priorities come to the fore at the booth.

  2. Louise 'feel for these families, share their says:

    Yes governments, ‘authorities’ and politicians certainly do need to be held accountable for the shocking deprivation, health and education outcomes, and injustice suffered by far too many Aboriginal people. When people who make up only three percent of the population are almost thirty percent of prison inmates, there is some disastrously wrong.

    ‘Systemic racism’ is only possible when affluent white people look the other way and do nothing to stop the brutality.

    Justice, reform of the legal system, equality and accountability for the obscene deaths in custody are exactly what people were protesting about. But when you only make up three percent of the population and there are no votes in it for governments, they can ignore you-and they do.

    It’s well and good to ‘feel for these families, and share their frustration at injustice and powerlessness’ but who is going to hold the ‘authorities’ accountable?

    Those of us who have benefited so much from the stolen land, (which we all live on) and stolen lives, have a responsibility to demand of our elected representatives that this obscenity be addressed now!

    Despite so many thousands of non-apathetic people turning out to protest in support of Aboriginal people, not ONE politician in any government, state or federal, has committed to any meaningful reforms, let alone made any commitment to hold anyone accountable for so many deaths in custody.

    So, apart from criticizing those who are doing their best to bring about change, what suggestions are being offered to ensure justice and equality for Aboriginal people in 2020?

  3. Barrow says:

    Liz go to these communities lets say in the NT , or Remote WA and make a difference if you feel this way just dont talk about it .
    We have come along way in trying to become as one with the first people’s , the Custodians. Liz as far as iam aware there has been no deaths in custody at the hands of law enforcement for 30
    Years ! But will stand corrected if this is not incorrect ?
    So the deaths in custody you are referring to 450
    Many of those have been through natural causes!
    Now where the Laws need to change is do not
    Send first people’s to jail for Non- Payment of fines
    Absolute Nonsense !! And finally Liz, all you Virtuous invaders who are so concerned about what has happened since invasion day . THE LAND WE LIVE ON ? you and everyone else who is so appalled, what are you doing living here in Australia? Liz ? If you are not Aboriginal leave the Country the the Custodians DO NOT WANT US HERE . It is the only outcome. You leave first and i will be only happy to follow … and will apologise
    To you Liz if your are already in these communities
    Making a difference especially around DV ..

  4. Barrow says:

    My Mistake sorry Liz !! My reply was meant for
    Louise . And for the Record i have the upmost respect for the Aboriginal first people’s, always have always will ..

  5. I believe both Liz & Louise are both caring women.
    2 women died in custody – in Victoria, Tanya Day &
    Ms Dhu in WA under the law that states ‘unpaid
    fines & drunkenness.’ The years, 2014 & 2017.

  6. Barrow says:

    Agree Stefanie not one single person should be jailed for non- Payment of fines!! As for the Ladies
    Above have no doubt they are caring Stefanie.
    However the only outcome for our First people’s
    To heal for all White people to leave Australia
    Non – indigenous to this Country.. and will stand corrected if iam wrong ..

  7. You could also say that all so-called-American people
    who aren’t Native Americans [those of the original
    Turtle Island] should leave the U.S.A.

  8. Barrow says:

    The Aztecs have beem roaming the lands of America especially Texas and California
    For about a thousand years

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