· sickwithlackofbasis · asked:  Australia gets a reputation in the anti-racist movement that it is heavily, heavily loaded with colonial & everyday racism - seeing as you live there, what is your take on it?



This is gonna be unpopular opinion central. But I think that’s a load of shit (for the most part). Rural Australia, where I grew up, can be incredibly racist/homophobic/rough in general. But that’s a small and for some reason, magnified part of the population that people pay attention to. Most Australians that I’ve come across are not inherently racist. There’s just a quite small, very loud minority that are shitcunts. As with most things. 

I often hear people bring up the idea that Australians are racist because we forcibly took Australia from the aboriginals. Which shits me to tears because isn’t that exactly how any other country was colonised? What the hell did America do to their natives? Wouldn’t that mean they’re equally as ‘racist’? It’s a bunch of balls, basically.

Essentially, yes there is racism, no it isn’t any better or worse than anywhere else from what I’ve seen from living here for 18 years. 

It’s not just an idea that Australians are racist towards Indigenous peoples? It’s the truth. We are discriminated against on a social and institutional level. We have the highest incarceration rates and with the recent budget, $500 million has been cut from Indigenous services. A shocking $160 million being cut from health services. How is all of that okay, when in a town just a short flight from Sydney, the life expectancy for Aboriginal peoples is just 37? How are these funding cuts okay when we having Indigenous peoples living in poverty, literal poverty?

And I’m sorry, but what? Australia was declared “terra nullius”, which means “no man’s land”. That is completely false as there were PEOPLE living here, there were CULTURES and there were many LANGUAGES. Indigenous Australia has always had organized societies and communities. But by declaring this land terra nullius, that put us to the same status and flora and fauna. We weren’t considered human, we were animals… sub-human. Let me say this; illegitimately seized and stolen land does not become legitimate property over time.

This land is First Nations land. It has always been that way. It was stolen and its people slaughtered; all in the name of the British Empire and “foreign investment” as Tony Abbott would say.

Native American peoples suffered horribly, too. Like Indigenous Australian peoples their populations were decimated by diseases that their invaders carried with them, their children were stolen, they were moved off from their homelands and forced onto reservations & missions and of course there were the massacres. The list could go on. You have no right to compare colonization and invasion in different nations. Oppression isn’t a game, it isn’t fun.

Australia is just known for being a racist country. Not just for the past wrong-doings, but for the ones that happen today. If you cannot think of current example of racism and discrimination towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, does the “stop the boats” policy ring any bells? Does labeling people who have a right by International Law to seek asylum sound racist? 

Racism (in its many forms) is alive and well in Australia.

WATCH: New Film Aims To Show Truth Of Native American And Trans Experiences


Native trans woman acted, native trans woman directed. Trying to get to one of these screenings.




A mini documentary on sex trafficking of Native women, with particular focus on Minnesota (Native women & girls are frequently sold on the shipping boats that travel around the Lakes, and have been for decades).

"People don’t see Native American women as humans. They see them as punching bags. Or something novel, like a new toy—it’s fun at first, but afterwards you throw it away." —Sarah El Fakahany, Sexual Assault Advocate at Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

This is very sad, I didn’t know that the Native American women and girls were part of sex trade and prostitution.

it is a very big problem, much bigger than many people realize or want to admit, even among Native communities. if you go to a truck stop anywhere near tribal communities late at night, you will see young Native girls who have been trafficked. Minnesota, Arizona, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Oregon, & Washington are particularly bad. here’s some more resources on sex trafficking of Native women:


"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (please forward): Individuals from Six Nations and their allies have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The work stoppage began around 10am this morning. Individuals involved asked workers to leave, asserting that the land is Haudenosaunee territory guaranteed under the Haldimand deed, and that Enbridge’s workers were present without consent or consultation. 

“Meaningful consultation isn’t just providing information and going ahead without discussion – it’s giving the opportunity to say no and having a willingness to accommodate.” says Missy Elliot.

“Enbridge left a voice message on a machine with one person. That’s not meaningful – it’s not even consultation.” Emilie Corbeau, there in support of Six Nations points out. 

Those involved intend to host an action camp, filling the time with teach-ins about Six Nations history, indigenous solidarity and skill shares centering on direct action.

The group states that they’ve tried the other processes available to them and here out of necessity. “We’ve tried pursuing avenues with the NEB, the township and the Grand River Conservation Authority. Our concerns were dismissed. What other choice do we have if we want to protect our land, water and children?” Missy Elliot of Six Nations asks.

Under bill C-45 the section of the Grand River adjacent to the Enbridge work site and pipeline is no longer protected. Approximately half a million people rely on drinking water provided by the Grand River.

“This isn’t just about line 9 – or Northern Gateway, Energy East or Keystone XL. This is about pipelines – all of them.” Daniell Boissineau, of Turtle Clan, asserts. “This is about the tarsands and how destructive they are to expand, extract and transport.”

“This is a continental concern. It’s not just a Six Nations issue or an indigenous issue. We share the responsibility to protect our land and water as human beings.” Elliot states.”


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Help a Native family being sued by their child's school for speaking out against redface and appropriation.


The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there.
They’re raising funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you. 


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Cathy Freeman celebrates by (controversially at the time) flying the Aboriginal flag at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Testifiers sound off on sovereignty at Waimea, Kona meetings


Some of my Hawaiian friends have been posting quotes from the live stream testimonials—it’s so inspiring and beautiful to hear so many Native Hawaiians come together to fight for their inherent sovereignty. here’s a few stand-out quotes that i’ve seen posted on FB:

  • I have a question: do you have these questions in Hawaiian? Because I can’t read English. I’m not going to speak English to you all, because this is my language, and my land. No to the questions.”
  • "My heart is racing right now. There is so much hurt. I’ve seen over 46 years the decimation of the Kanaka lifestyle, thanks to the greed of Amerikana. I am a blue collar worker. I buss my ass everyday. Are you getting ahead? (audience, NO). Because we don’t have control. We don’t control our land. It’s forcing our children out, they can’t afford to live here anymore. We Kanaka need to get together and be strong. We can do this. It is a 5x no." —Abraham Makanui
  • "My answer to all of your questions is a definitive ‘a’ole, no. As we speak, I’m being sued for the last ‘āina I have in Waipakē. There is no more Hawaiians there. No more Hawaiians on the land. It is foolish for NHs to support any Fed. actions supposedly for our benefit. We must follow the wording of the kū‘ē petitions "we the undersigned protest the annexation of said Hawaiian islands to the said US…our nation must be free and independent." I stand proudly with those people, and will accept nothing less." —Randy Rego
  • "I’m not here to grumble. I’m happy. What beautiful faces I see here tonight; we are standing together in unity. Mahalo! We can be unified. I want to kill that paradigm that says we cannot be unified. I know it was hard to come here. I thought this was all a farce as well. I want to speak here for our people, our lands, our culture and our kūpuna. I want to evoke the presence of our kūpuna. And see how their descendants are speaking up. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our kūpuna, and the stand they took to protect our ‘āina. It is still here. We want the authority to rule our ‘āīna like we did before. That is what you usurped from us, the power to rule over our land. It’s been 120 years. We have been trying. The sign (time keeper) says pau, but we’re still doing. Let’s live pono. We can, we can do it. We are sovereign. We want a nation to nation relationship, not govt. to govt. We want you to come and address us as a nation, the Hawaiian nation. It is not just the Feds, it is the state, arresting us for protecting our ‘iwi kūpuna. What kind of govt. is that? ‘A’ole. ‘A’ole. I protest the questions and say ‘a’ole to questions 1-19. Some days my mo’opuna will check and see their tutu Nani protested on the record to protect the ‘āina.” —Puanani Rogers
  • "I got a couple of questions: whatever happened to the treasury of the kingdom? Where did all the money go? You stole our nationality by making us a blood quantum, like an animal. We are wards to the state. We can’t protect our ‘iwi of the past. We have the palapala sila nui which is an international identification of land in Hawai’i. You take the laws of the revised statues, which are the laws of the kingdom. Now you want Fed. Rec. How is it possible with all the crimes that have been committed? America is the land that strangles a small nation that was not powerful enough to withstand it. We look to our past to see our future. I say no."
  • We are not Native Americans. They got raped. Now you trying to do it to us. We come from this land. We come from no place else. Have sincerity for our people. I say ‘a’ole. What you do to us is sad. You know who I talking about. I’m just trying to be a Hawaiian. You guys stopping me. You have no interest for our people. That’s why I standing up today. I like make sure my kids have it better. Please, please, look at our people. we dying. we need help. but not from you guys. We can help ourselves.” —Kamaka Nalimu
  • Mahalo for gathering us together. We all talking the same language, we all know our kūpuna was overthrown. We want to be free from your oppression. We want to be Kanaka Maoli. We want to care for our ‘āina, our land and sea. I just say no to all the 5 questions. You folks have no jurisdiction here.” —Max Medeiros
  • Nānā i ke kumu: I’d like to thank the kūpuna before us. To reiterate kūpuna Holi before us: ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole. I was raised to learn about the kingdom by one born in the kingdom: my tūtū. I was born in the territory. I’ve never considered myself a part of the US.” —Kamuela Ae’a
  • The red ribbons signify support for Queen Lili’uokalani. Before we answer your questions, I have a question: is it even constitutional for the US to annex a foreign country by joint resolution? Until that question is answered, all that we’re going through here is irrelevant. Next week is the 4th of July. When I was growing up, we never celebrated it. There was a reason. Our family didn’t celebrate the independence of a country that took ours.” —Kevin Leong
  • Cause I answered all your questions, I like ask you one question: can you go back to whoever is responsible and bring your government to start where we left off with our Queen? I going stand by her. She wasn’t yelling, she was humble. I have to say no because I love my queen, and I stand beside her.”
  • I was born as a Hawaiian, I live as a Hawaiian, I will die as a Hawaiian. My bones will be buried in Hawaiian kingdom soil. You will never hear me say I am America. I say a resounding no to your questions. I stand with my family behind me. I stand here so when I have kids and grand kids they will live in a Hawaiian kingdom.”
  • Our past, that of our ancestors, is in front of us. It is not left behind. All the deeds of our kupuna actively exist in our consciousness. I am here on behalf of my kupuna who signed the kū‘ē petitions in 1897. I refuse to let their efforts be swept under the US carpet. The overthrow is a heinous crime. We will not get over it, and no amount of spin doctoring will make it go away, and we are here to remind you of that fact.” —Lufi Luteru
  • You are here to manipulate, bully, and divide my people, shoving your pīlau laws down our throat. Your proposals are an insult. Go home. Tell your dictator to stop occupying an already sovereign nation.”
  • The essence of the US is capitalist greed. The military is there to back this up and exploit not only Hawai’i but the entire world. This is part of a global movement to say ‘a’ole to these bullies. The DOI is here to manage our consciousness, we’re supposed to be flattered they are here. They are here to contain us so the US can continue their exploitation of our land, and to train their military to go out and kill other people around the world. That is not us. We will continue to come together, to organize, to fight against the US and all their immoral wrong doing on our land.” —‘Ilima Long
  • I understand your questions, but you need to go home and let us set up our own government. Then we decide if we want to talk to you or not.”
  • Our sovereignty starts in our house, not the White House.”
  • "I grew up in the time of aloha ‘āina. This is a slap in the face. None of your proposals give us rightful ownership and the ability to mālama our land. Please take a step back and allow us to mālama our ‘āina you took in 1893. It was never yours to govern in the first place. We don’t want to be under another government. I say no to all of your questions. Aloha and welcome to our island. Now it is time for you to return home.”
  • "The answers to all your questions is no: ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole. Your system is corrupt. The kingdom of Hawai’i exists." —Kalapana Keli’iho’omalu
  • “‘A’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole, ‘a’ole. This land is for my children, for myself, for my kupuna. Make it right. Return the lands to the center (piko).”  —Mili Davis, 7 years old, composed in Hawaiian


I don’t think that people generally realise what motion picture industry has done to the American Indian, as a matter of fact, all ethnic groups, all minorities, all non-whites. And people just simply don’t realise, just take it for granted that that’s the way people are going to be presented and these clichés are just, I mean on this network every night, well perhaps not every night, but you can see silly renditions of human behaviour, the leering Filipino houseboy, the wily Japanese, the kook or the gook, black man, stupid Indian. It just goes on and on and on. And people actually don’t realise how deeply people are injured by seeing themselves represented, not so much the adults, who are already inured to that kind of pain and pressure, but children. Indian children seeing Indians represented as savage, as ugly, as nasty, vicious, treacherous, drunken. They grow up only with a negative image of themselves and it lasts a lifetime. 

Marlon Brando on why Sacheen Littlefeather presented a speech on his behalf during his Best Actor win for The Godfather at the 1973 Academy Awards