Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Sometimes you can't win
When a school took account of an Aboriginal girl's culture, that was "racist". When they did NOT treat her differently that was also racist
Australia: The mother of an Aboriginal girl has taken racial discrimination action against her 10-year-old daughter's private school.
The mother, who is also a teacher, lodged a complaint against a teacher and staff member from Ipswich Girls Grammar School with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
She said her daughter was embarrassed when she was told by her teacher to sit outside during a history class because of a YouTube video that showed a dead Aboriginal man,The Courier Mail reported.
The teacher said she was trying to be accommodating of the girl's culture of not naming the dead and gave her the choice to watch the video.
'We, her parents, had never given the school any indication that (our daughter) is unable to participate in any academic or school activities for cultural reasons,' the mother said in a statement.
The teacher also refuted any claims she bullied the student by submitting a card she gave her that read: 'thank you for a great year in your class.'
Ipswich Girls Grammar School denies any claims of racial and cultural discrimination at the school and by the teacher.
However, the parents claim their daughter has been subject to racial discrimination and a culturally insensitive curriculum for the past six years.
In another incident, the mother said her daughter was teased when she did not dress 'like a colonial' for a history class excursion.
The girl's father said the colonial era represented 'massacres, displacement and genocide' of the Aboriginal people.
'Asking an Aboriginal student to dress like a colonial was offensive, racist and discriminatory,' the mother said.