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Water is a human right and has been recognized in international law! This is just horrific…

Asker Anonymous Asks:
What advice would you give when writing a fantasy novel set in Australia (sort of post-invasion 1800s, although the world is made up)?
black-australia black-australia Said:

Don’t romanticize colonization, invasion or the brutal treatment of Aboriginal peoples by the British in the 1800s and definitely don’t make the treatment and presence of Indigenous peoples a minor part of your novel. This land has 50,000 years+ of rich cultures, languages and history. That cannot be erased. Read up, research and know your stuff. It’s a particularly good idea to read up on certain nations/language groups and get an idea of exactly where in Australia your novel will be set. Advice from my followers who actually write novels or do similar things would be greatly appreciated! Good luck. 

Street Artist Adnate via BLACK Fulla’s GOT Talent

(saw this on fb and thought you might like it, beautiful eh?)

Wow! This is stunning! 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello, as a white male living in Australia, would it be inappropriate for me to wear a singlet depicting crocodiles drawn by traditional artists? (The singlet in question is from Bundarra sportswear). I bought it not only because I loved the design but also to remind people of the proud Aboriginal heritage Australia has. I hold the utmost respect for Aboriginal peoples both past and present. If you have already answered a similar question could you please point me in the right direction? Thanks!
black-australia black-australia Said:

Bundarra Indigenous Sportswear makes clothing specifically for Indigenous sporting teams and supporters. So, I do feel uncomfortable with the fact that you’re “reminding people of the proud Aboriginal heritage Australia has” and that you “hold the utmost respect for Aboriginal peoples both past and present”. Those comments are very patronizing, especially coming from a white man. There are plenty of other ways to value and admire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures. Sometimes, the way to do that is to let us enjoy something of our own on our own. 

Of course they deny it…


Witness: Michael Brown Was ‘Shot Like An Animal’ | NBC News
in case you haven’t seen this

(via knowledgeequalsblackpower)


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise only 3 per cent of the Australian population, but make up 28 per cent of the total prison population and are imprisoned at a rate 14 times higher than other Australians. They are also much more likely to be victims of crime.

This video shares a personal story that shows the difference an alternative approach to justice can offer, especially when considering the effect imprisonment of a parent has on a child.

You can find information on Prisoners and Families from the Australian Institute of Family Studies website.

For more information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues you can read the Hot Topics issue First Australians available on the Find Legal Answers website.


Aboriginal deaths in custody. After deaths peaked in 1995 they have fallen until 2006 when for two consecutive years more Aboriginal people died in police or prison custody than before [5]. Note that starting in 1990 figures include deaths in police custody.

source: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/law/royal-commission-into-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody

Australia is the “lucky country” where everyone is given a “fair go”? Not if you’re Black.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
do black aboriginal men suffer the same police brutality as black american men?
black-australia black-australia Said:

Yes. Experiences obviously differ in terms of guns as gun laws here very different to America, but Aboriginal men are harassed by the police and police brutality is very common. We still have Aboriginal peoples dying in police custody and incarceration rates are always increasing. A lot of similarities can be drawn between the treatment of Black American peoples and Black Australian peoples by the police. 

Let’s see if Abbott can push aside his power and money-hungry antics for a week so that he can listen to the Yolngu mob and work with them to draw up real solutions. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
do you find people who are, for example: 1/16, 1/32 or even 1/64 aboriginal calling themselves indigenous out of line? i find a lot of people calling it gross and what not. assuming someone isn't using it as a shield for whiteness i.e. "i'm not white, i'm 1/32 aboriginal!!" and were doing so out of shear respect for their linage (coming from a 40,000+ year old culture is amazing), what do you think? do you think it holds too many implications?
black-australia black-australia Said:

There are too many factors that come into play here. With the Stolen Generations in the 20th century, being “1/16” Aboriginal was seen as too much. So, you can’t really say who is and who isn’t Aboriginal. Some people who are 1/16, 1/32 or 1/64 (classifying Indigenous heritage/ancestry into percentages is really gross, so I really hate to be doing it here) may not feel they are Indigenous because they’re white skinned, don’t have connection to culture or that one Aboriginal relative is too far back for them to identify as Indigenous. Either way, it’s not my call to make. This is a tricky subject and is far from being a simple black and white issue.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
i remember watching this series in class once where it was sort of like "what if white people were treated the way indigenous were treated" and it applied the stolen generation to a modern outlook upon white people. very eye-opening. have you heard of it? i've been trying to find it
black-australia black-australia Said:

You might be thinking of “Babakiueria” (Barbecue Area)? But that isn’t a series, it’s just a 30 minute long film where the white people are now in the position of Indigenous peoples. It’s a comedy but makes some important points, too.

The second part of this podcast is about the work of Pat Torres and Valerie Sibosado, entrepreneurial elders promoting local food and the many things it can do for the local people of Broome.

There has been an angry backlash after the judge of an Indigenous art prize in Broome decided none of the entries were worthy of winning the prize.

Local Aboriginal artists are particularly offended because the judge - Perpetua Durack Clancy - is the daughter of Elizabeth Durack, who sold her work under the guise of a fictional male Aboriginal artist in a major art controversy in the 1990s.

(via saltwaterwoman)