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December 3, 2022

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I cannot find the words to describe my reaction to the massive spectacle of the (‘years in the planning’) death of Betty Windsor, Queen Elizabeth the Second. I hold no hate to her or any of her family. A numbness permeates.

What does resonate in my being is the wailing of the Indigenous mothers whose sons have been murdered within Her Majesty’s prisons. Sons who may have been driven to suicide. Ten-year-old First Nation children, born innocent then brutalised by a colonising, white supremicist Anglo patriarchy, the yelling of ‘Redfern Saint’ Mum Shirl as she was kicked and thrashed by Redfern police when seeking to gather children granted to her care. 

The trauma of shock as parents asked for the organs removed by ‘the system’ so that they can bury their children in dignity and custom. The horror of a relative seeking information on the death of her brother who died in custody receiving a letter from ‘the system’ advising her of the weight of her brother’s brain. 

The death in custody of two of my First Nations students; one who ‘swallowed razor blades’, the other who knew he was to die, being terrified to death and at an early age dying of a heart attack. The sight of Lloyd Boney’s dead body strapped by police in a stranglehold. 

All of this and more in the name of Her Majesty or His Majesty, the figureheads of colonisation.

There are three kings close to my heart. They are in Heaven. Lester and Gerry Bostock (‘Lousy Little Sixpence’), who initiated the Black Theatre in Redfern in the ’70s and dear, sweet Uncle Jack Charles, who initiated the Black Theatre in Melbourne in the ’70s. Each man a pure gem who allowed suffering to transform to the greatest of dramatic art.

Vale – you are LOVED.

Jo Faith, Newtown

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