The Noble Savage Ultimatum

In BlogX, Identity by Luke Pearson

There was much uproar when Dennis Jensen recently evoked the centuries old ideal of the Noble Savage, mostly because he used a term so outdated and racist that most of us aren’t really all that familiar with it, we just know that it is outdated and racist.

Jensen however is standing by it and says that, in the context of his speech, it was perfectly appropriate usage.

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Tasman Keith. Indigenous Australia: it’s too late to redecorate; we need to demolish the crib

In 2016, Twitter Hosts by IndigenousX

What’s up people? I go by the name of Tasman Keith, I’m a Goori man from Bowraville which is in the Gumbaynggirr Nation – my Aboriginal heritage comes from my father’s side. I also inherit bloodlines of Irish, Scottish and English from my mother’s side.

I’m a full-time musician and part-time school learning support officer at Bowraville Central. When I’m not working on music I’m helping the kids from primary and secondary with their education, which often gets sidetracked with either their questions on my music, or their questions on Aboriginal history.

We need to do more than just condemning racism to close the gap.

In BlogX, Race & Racism by Luke Pearson

There is currently a Change.org petition circulating with over 20,000 signatures calling Prime Minister Turnbull to condemn the words of racist shock jock, Alan Jones, who recently said that “We need Stolen Generations”.

There is certainly a lot of merit to the idea that, as Prime Minister, it is important that our nation see Malcolm Turnbull speak out against such racist, offensive, dangerously ignorant, and grossly ill-informed comments.

Introducing Jacob Gregory aka Lyrical Instinct

In BlogX by IndigenousX

Editors note: I was recently sent a clip of a young rapper out in Broome named Jacob Gregory aka Lyrical Instinct. I was fairly impressed with his video so I got in touch and had a quick yarn with him. He’s doing his HSC at the moment but dreams of one day making it big in the rap game, and I thought we could help him get started by letting him introduce himself to you mob and including his video for you to check out.

My name is Jacob Hamaguchi (Gregory), I’m from Broome, Western Australia. I was born and raised in Broome all my life and never really moved. The only other places that I’ve ever been to are Perth and Geraldton.

There isn’t a New Stolen Generations, the old one never ended.

In BlogX, History, Race & Racism by Luke Pearson

Ever since Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generations, this week has been one of the bigger weeks in media and Government for discussion of Indigenous issues. Each year we hear updates on the Government’s Closing the Gap initiative, as well as the Close the Gap report. We hear discussions and reflections on the Apology, at the time called ‘The First Step’ in addressing our past and creating pathways to a better future.

One topic which is notably underrepresented during this increased focus on Indigenous issues is perhaps the most relevant to what the Apology was about, and that is the overwhelming number of Indigenous children who continue to be removed from their families. The rate of which is today higher than at any point in Australia’s history.

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Kristy McMahon. As an Indigenous woman, it’s been a long, hard journey to find out where my family is from

In 2016, Twitter Hosts by IndigenousX

My name is Kristy McMahon, I’m an Aboriginal woman from Brisbane. I have been fortunate to grow up strong in my identity as an Aboriginal woman, but like many other Indigenous families affected by the Stolen Generations I have had to struggle with not knowing where my mob is originally from, not knowing any stories of that place, and having far too few family stories to try and piece it together.

I’ve always known I was Aboriginal, and have always felt accepted into the community I’ve been living in. I got my confirmation of Aboriginality when I was young with my father and sister. I don’t remember why we got the forms, it was just something that you had to do. I know that Aboriginality is much more than just a piece of paper though, and have been trying to learn as much as I can about our family history.

The Closing the Gap Trap

In BlogX, Politics by Luke Pearson

Close the Gap.

Closing the Gap.

The former is the campaign to get the government to change the way it structures the Indigenous Affairs; the latter is the government’s efforts to do so. The fact that the government hijacked the branding of the Close the Gap campaign to make its own response look better was probably not a great way to build trust and send a message of respect, partnership and collaboration… but I digress.

IndigenousX Review: The Little Red Yellow Black Book

In BlogX by IndigenousX

Anyone reading the “Little Red Yellow Black Book” (LRYBB) should expect to have their perspectives and understanding changed. It will surprise you, in all the right ways… Who knew I could gain so much, from a humble 140 pages? I consider myself pretty aware of issues within history and day to day events, but I was amazed at how many facts and perspectives in LRYBB were new to me. And stories of people I hadn’t previously heard about, and should have… I personally believe that too many people in Australia (and around the world) unfortunately don’t know enough about Indigenous Australia, but for those who are interested in learning more, this is essential reading.

Racism 101

In BlogX, Race & Racism by Luke Pearson

There is a countless stream of racist ideas that anybody who so much as mentions anything to do with Aboriginal people hears on a very regular basis.