Friday, August 05, 2016

Cartoon in leading Australian newspaper an attack on Aboriginal people, Indigenous leader says

I have had a lot of contact with Aborigines and think that the cartoon has a lot of truth in it -- not that truth matters to some, of course -- JR

A political cartoon portraying an Aboriginal man with a beer can and not remembering his son's name is an "attack" on Indigenous Australians, a community leader says.

The cartoon by Bill Leak was published by The Australian newspaper on Thursday, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day.

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency chief executive Muriel Bamblett said it depicted Aboriginal people as "not knowing about their children and not having any role in raising their children".

"You feel quite oppressed when these things happen, I think that we everyday have to battle with direct racism and indirect racism," she told 774 ABC Melbourne.

"In the media, I think they have a public responsibility. That's obviously one of the opportunities to get good messaging about Aboriginal people.

"But if you're constantly stereotyping us as second class then it's about profiling us as second-class citizens in our own country."

The Australian's editor-in-chief Paul Whittaker defended the paper's decision to publish the "confronting" cartoon.

He cited comments made by Indigenous leaders this week, including Noel Pearson on Lateline who said: "Blackfellas have got to take charge and take responsibility for their own children. That part of the message really struggles to get traction."

"Too often, too many people skirt around the root causes and tough issues. But not everyone. Bill Leak's confronting and insightful cartoons force people to examine the core issues in a way that sometimes reporting and analysis can fail to do."



Anonymous said...

The socialist left can't handle the truth.

Anonymous said...

It is time that the indigenous community faced up to the issues they suffer from and stop calling racism when the truth is told.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Liberals just whine all they can do is WHINE.WHINE,WHINE then they return to their little playpen and whine even more becuase foofiebear as leftists them becuase foofie was tired of their whining

Anonymous said...

Indigenous people have had plenty of time to join the real world and stop living in the distant past.

Anonymous said...

In the USA the criminal/drug abuse black "culture" promulgates a rape culture exploiting black women mired in prostitution, theft, and drug use. These products of rape/abuse get minimal care from mothers who are very ill equipped to support them. The men who perpetrate the system could care less and a "law of the jungle" results with the strongest and most cruel ruling. Pathetic but since the progressives need black votes there will be no change.