On Being a Blackfella

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Look out you mob attending the #Genocidal20 protest week. With the increased security measures, the only people to watch out for are the police.

The death of a 22-year-old Yamatji woman, Julieka Dhu, while in police custody in early August 2014 has led to renewed calls for medical nurses to be stationed at lockups 24/7 and for the implementation of the Custody Notification Service in Western Australia. Ms Dhu was pronounced dead soon after arriving at a health facility after 48 hours in the South Hedland Police lockup. She had been complaining of being ill all throughout her detainment, she had been vomiting and she had sustained visible injuries.

Ms Dhu’s death is just one of the 300 deaths in custody that have occurred since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody issued its final report, with 339 recommendations, in April 1991. 

Fight for justice for Ms Dhu and fight for an end to Black deaths in custody.

Please share the rally day details with your family and friends, and attend one near you if at all possible! We need national and international support!

[Permission from Ms Dhu’s family has been given to the rally organizers for her name and photos to be publicized and used on the rally posters.]

Asker Anonymous Asks:
there's the term 'iaopoc' meaning 'indigenous and/or people of colour' that ppl might wanna use!
black-australia black-australia Said:

I never knew about this! This is actually a really cool term to use and it’s inclusive of both Indigeneity and non-whiteness. Thanks for sending this in.


Last Night in Ferguson (10.21.14): A state senator was arrested (and mama may have been legally packing), one of the lead organizers, nettaaaaaaaa, was roughed up by police, and one of the main sources of footage/live feeds, Rebel Z, was detained in what seems to have been an intimidation and straight up harassment tactic. The police are out of control, and it’s only getting worse. If you think this is over, you need to look again. #staywoke #farfromover

Ferguson is still happening. Are you still paying attention?

Tune into Z’s UStream tonight to watch developments live. 

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
I'm not going to lie, I feel ostracised by my fellow Aboriginal brothers and sisters when they address each other as PoC". It makes me feel uncomfortable because there are many Aboriginal's who aren't necessarily "of colour" (including myself) and so it's almost like the Aboriginal people who are of colour are understood by white people or non Indigenous people that they are the only ones who suffer from white invasion, racism etc..
black-australia black-australia Said:
In addition to my last message, it’s quite obvious that our white counterparts, or their white forefathers have tried to divide our people into different categories of “colour” or define how Aboriginal we are due to colour (re- half castes, quarter castes etc) so how can you justify calling our brothers and sisters “PoC”? It is an American term so maybe us Australian Aboriginals should keep it that way my brother/sister :)

I understand what you’re saying and your opinion is completely valid, however it’s ultimately up to the individual. Certain Aboriginal peoples may identify as a PoC because of a range of factors such as their life experiences, how they’ve been raised, where they grew up etc. We can’t be ignoring these expieriences.

But I think you’re missing the point in that it is not meant to be a term that only black and brown skinned people can use because they are obviously non white skinned. Being Aboriginal is definitely not about skin color, it never has been. Many Aboriginal peoples identify as “Black” even if they as light skinned/mixed/white passing and these folks have always been accepted in our communities because identity is extremely important to us. We have had our cultures and languages destroyed but we are reclaiming them and taking back our identity as sovereign peoples. Because despite the Stolen Generations and the genocide committed upon these lands, we are still here and skin color is not a defining factor in one’s Aboriginality.

In short, I won’t be telling Indigenous folks that they cannot identify as a PoC. That’s not my call to make. No one should be making that call. We aren’t white, and the term absolutely includes light skinned, white passing and mixed peoples. And should Aboriginal peoples choose to identify as a PoC, that is fine. :)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Are indigenous Australians considered POC? I am confused because we are the first people of the land and it confuses me that we have to be considered people of colour in our own land.. Sorry if this comes across as stupid!
black-australia black-australia Said:

Well, we are of color… So yes, we can be considered PoC in the sense that we have shared experiences of racism with non-Indigenous PoC and that we are not white, but we are Indigenous, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, First Nations, Black ect. before we are PoC. We are the First Peoples of this land, as you said. The term is originally an American one and was reclaimed from the term “colored”/”colored person” but has been receiving more and more usage in Australia.



Thank you lovelies for all of your donations so far! We still have a long way to go so share this video and our campaign with your friends and family!

Any donation would help us tremendously! #diversitymatters

You can still support their campaign, it’s just on indiegogo now. #diversitystillmatters 

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The topic of this Let’s Talk panel discussion is INCARCERATION. With Aboriginal people imprisoned at higher rates than Blacks under South Africa’s apartheid, this issue is more relevant than ever. We’ll also be hearing international perspectives on the so called ‘prison industrial complex’, as well as the question of preventative VS punitive approaches to criminal justice. Our panelists are Aboriginal philosopher Mary Graham, African American political activist Angela Davis, Australian criminal lawyer Debbie Kilroy, and Native women’s rights advocate Dr Sharron McIvor.

Really awesome discussion. Put it on your “must watch” lists.

Australia’s 21st Prime Minister was a great visionary, leader and supporter of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. His passion for justice will continue to inspire and encourage us all. Whitlam’s passing is a reminder of how far we have come, but also of how far we still need to go. R.I.P, Mr Whitlam.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I've finally found a blog that is relevant to Australian racism, thank you for this blog!
black-australia black-australia Said:

No worries! Glad you’ve found what you’re looking for.

The mob at the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy are seeking funds for the #Genocidal20 protest week (November 8-16)! They have a target of $10,000 but they’re only at $2,500 right now. Please signal boost this link and donate if you can to help them reach their target! All funds will go towards things like transport for interstate guests, meals for the week, first aid services, buses to transport the sick, disabled, elderly and children to and from each rally throughout the week, toilets, showers and professional cleaners for these, professional security, professional fencing around the protest zone and for specific areas such as childcare and camping. Thanks!

Please stop perpetuating this myth and false equivalency that because Australia is a multicultural country, racism is apparently non-existent. This is absolutely not the case. By saying this, you are erasing and silencing the voices and experiences of those who suffer from very real racial discrimination in Australia. Listen to PoC when they talk about how deeply rooted racism is in this country. Wake up and start taking in the facts.

Why the hell are you so against whites? In Australia natives get paid to be black. Whites get judged too and racially bullied. Seriously grow up.
black-australia black-australia Said:




Uhh, “natives” and “paid to be Black”? Goodbye. I’m just so done. 

i am
my name
my religion
my country
my heritage
my ethnicity
my nationality
so how dare you
use your lazy english
and mispronounce my name
lazy english by gurkeyrith  | insta: @ gurrkeyrith (via gurkeyrith)

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FOR the first time since the 1860s, the Kaurna language of the Adelaide plains is being spoken fluently by three young Aboriginal men.

The result is the culmination of more than 20 years of painstaking research into the dormant ­language, which has allowed a new generation of Aboriginal men to revive the tongue of their ancestors.

Jack Buckskin is one of the three men in Adelaide now fluent in Kaurna, which had been considered a “dead language” since its last known speaker, Ivarityi, died in 1929.

Mr Buckskin has worked with linguists from the University of Adelaide on the Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi project to learn the language and to develop teaching resources.

“It was only since the late 1980s and early 90s that our elders started to learn language and now it has started to filter down through the future generations,” Mr Buckskin said.

“We knew words as we were growing up as kids, but we didn’t know how it all flowed together without any English, and we didn’t know which language we were speaking.”

He began to learn the Kaurna language as a young adult.

Mr Buckskin is now teaching his young children Maleaha and Vincent to speak the language. They will be the first people to claim Kaurna as their mother tongue in more than 150 years.

The language revival began in 1989 as part of an event tied to the Adelaide Festival that translated songs into local indigenous languages.

Linguist Rob Amery from the University of Adelaide then began to collect source material in order to document the language as interest in its revival grew.

The most important source was an illustrated manuscript of about 3000 words made by two German missionaries, Christian Gottlob Teichelmann and Clamor Wilhelm Schurmann, who came to Adelaide in the 1830s and 1840s.

Other documents included translations of six German hymns and the Ten Commandments, some of which had been preserved in South Africa.

These were used to reconstruct the lost grammar of ­Kaurna.

Just five documents written by Kaurna people in their own language in the 19th century have survived to help with the task, including letters written by Kaurna schoolchildren in 1843 to the Leipzig Mission in Germany.

“It is quite remarkable when we look back,” Dr Amery says.

“The language has far exceeded my expectations. I never thought it would come as far as it has. It is much more than a linguistic exercise; it is about language and culture and land and identity.”