We are sure you are aware that January 26 is coming, much like a Game of Thrones Winter.
Australia at large is having many conversations about the day, what it represents and ultimately what the day means.
Here’s our pick of the online perspectives you should be across:
Too many Australians still think January 26 is a day of celebration, but for Aboriginal people across this country, it's a Day of Mourning.
— Lidia Thorpe (@lidia__thorpe) January 15, 2021
— Janette Milera 🖤💛❤️ #AboriginalLivesMatter #BLM (@OriginalAussie) January 17, 2021
I don't know who hears to this but there's no such thing as "respectful" Australia Day celebrations.
Don't piss down our backs and tell us it's raining 🙄
— Ancestor In The Making ❤💛🖤 (@MelindaMann01) January 18, 2021
My feelings, thoughts, what I say, what I do & how I act on #InvasionDay #SurvivalDay is not for anyone to decide or comment on!
I refuse to celebrate genocide & will never be an Australian! I am Tharawal and Yorta Yorta. My sovereignty. My identity!#AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe
— Robyn Oxley (@Robyn_Oxley) January 16, 2021
"I have decided to stick with love.
— Nathan Appo (@Elusive_Sausage) January 18, 2021
The 26th of January represents Survival Day for First Nations people. Part of that day should be spent in quiet reflection on the truth of the whole Australian story. @zalisteggall ‘s idea of a minute’s silence is respectful and welcome.
— Linda Burney MP (@LindaBurneyMP) January 19, 2021
#ColonialVirus reaches Sydney Cove, 26 January, 1788.
— blakandblack (@blakandblack) January 19, 2021
Contrary to the attempts to homogenise our people, it is clear there are a multitude of takes on what this day means and how to mark the day as individuals and collectively.
While the marker has certainly shifted and the calls to change the date are being replaced with calls to abolish the date altogether, there is a collective need to address the preoccupation with the date by the colony.
Why is a date that has been set for less than three decades become such a symbol for nationalists? Why is this the proverbial sand hill they choose to pitch their fold up chair, get their Southern Cross tattoo out, ready their eskies, pluggers and Australiana board shorts for a day of chest thumping? Why is their determined ignorance with no foundation in truth or dignity more important than the maturity of this nation in addressing its historical and continuing wrongs?
One thing is for sure, the conversation will not dwindle and much to the chagrin of Morrison and those of his ilk, a symbolic gesture won’t cut it.
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