WE WERE WONDERING WHETHER WE SHOULD WRITE A STATEMENT JUSTIFYING WHY THIS T-SHIRT EXISTS AND THE AGGRESSIVE STANCE IT TAKES AGAINST PAULINE HANSON AND THE ONE NATION PARTY. WHILST WE ALWAYS ENJOY HEALTHY DEBATE AND NUTTING OUT NUANCED VIEWS, IT’S BECOME INCREASINGLY EXHAUSTING HAVING TO JUSTIFY THE HUMANITY OF INDIGENOUS/BROWN/QUEER/MUSLIM LIVES AT EVERY JUNCTURE, AND TO BE FRANK, HAVING TO ARGUE WITH THE TAILBONE OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM, A PART OF #AUSPOL THAT SERVES NO PURPOSE IN MODERN DAY AUSTRALIA. PAULINE HANSON REPRESENTS AND SYMBOLISES EVERYTHING THAT IS ANTITHETICAL TO THE AUSTRALIAN VALUES STATEMENT THAT MANY OF US HAVE EMBODIED SINCE IMMIGRATING TO THIS INCREDIBLE COUNTRY.
HOWEVER, HOW DO YOU REASON YOUR HUMANITY AND EXPLAIN TO SOMEONE WHY THEY SHOULD RESPECT YOU AND TREAT YOU WITH DIGNITY? IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, A SIMPLE F#CK PAULINE HANSON FASHION STATEMENT IS NECESSARY. OF course, pauline hanson is only a representative of the wider problem of opPortunist political xenophobes fear mongering and so in saying f#ck you to her, we say f#ck you to them all.
IN ORDER FOR AUSTRALIA TO LIVE UP TO ITS PROMISE AND DEMOCRATIC VALUES, BIGOTRY OF ALL KINDS MUST BE REJECTED. WE MUST NOT ONLY CONDEMN THESE ACTIONS, BUT ALSO WORK TIRELESSLY TO PUT AN END TO RACISM AND BIGOTRY THAT IS OFTEN DISGUISED AS PATRIOTISM.
SOME OF YOU MAY SAY, ‘WHY ARE YOU STOOPING TO HER LEVEL? WHY FIGHT HATE WITH HATE?’ ‘YOU ARE BECOMING THE HATE THAT YOU OPPOSED SO MUCH.'
IT IS DISINGENUOUS TO TREAT ALL HATE (IF YOU CAN EVEN CALL IT THAT) AS THOUGH IT WERE EQUAL. NOT ALL 'HATE' CAN BE VIEWED EQUALLY OR EVEN BE CONSIDERED HATE. A QUEER PERSON WHO IS BEATEN AT A BUS STOP 'HATES' THEIR ABUSER FOR HOW THEY Were TREATED. THEIR FEELINGS ARE RATIONAL AND ARE CONNECTED WITH THEIR SELF-PRESERVATION. THE ABUSER HATES THE QUEER PERSON FOR EXISTING AS A QUEER PERSON. THE ABUSER'S FEELINGS ARE IRRATIONAL AND ARISE OUT OF A DESIRE TO EXTERMINATE/OPPRESS MINORITIES. WE CANNOT TREAT THE 'HATE' OF THE VICTIMS THE SAME AS THE HATRED THEY FACE. THAT IS BELITTLING THEIR EXPERIENCES AND SILENCING THEIR (JUSTIFIED) REACTIONS.
PAULINE HANSON’S POLITICAL VIEWS AND BEHAVIOUR INCLUDE THIS, THIS AND THIS. IT’S DISGUSTING, UNINFORMED, AND EMBARRASSING.
IF WE REFUSE TO BUY WHAT SHE IS SELLING – HER IDEAS, HER PERCEPTION OF PEOPLE, AND HER NOTION OF HUMANITY, ANOTHER AUSTRALIA IS POSSIBLE.
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Stop Black Deaths in Custody
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It took years of grassroots campaigning in the 1980s to force the Hawke government to acknowledge the appalling rate at which Aboriginal people were being killed by police and prisons.
That government and all subsequent ones then ignored almost all the 339 recommendations made by that Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Proof of this lies in the tragic fact that the rate of deaths in custody has increased since the Royal Commission. https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-social-justice/publications/indigenous-deaths-custody
The key reason for this is the disproportionate way in which Aboriginal people are targeted by the criminal injustice system, from the police to prison officers to judges is an inherited bias from colonial times.
The Australian system of policing is still biased. Aboriginal people get locked up for things White people get a warning for, get a fine for, or get bail for.
Today, Aboriginal people are the most incarcerated group in the world, making up 27 percent of prison inmates while only 3 percent of the population, yet if they were to be jailed on the same provisos as white people it would be at a comparable rate, not this shocking level of disproportion.
The amount of times young Aboriginal people have been incarcerated for things White people don't is proof of this ever increasing bias, and is why Aboriginal incarceration rates have soared since the Royal Commission reported in 1991.
Courageous struggles by the families of those who have been murdered and their supporters are the only thing bringing this injustice to light. The annual rally to commemorate the murder of
TJ Hickey in 2004 is an example of this resilience.
We urge all peoples of this land to unite in solidarity (as we did for Invasion Day 2018 at The Block) and call for real justice that will end the killings in custody.
On Saturday 12th of May at Sydney Town Hall, FIRE will join with all who are against
anti-Aboriginal racism, under the banner of:
Stop all Aboriginal deaths in custody!
Contact Ken Canning for more info: 0423 732 094
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