Jul 11, 2013

NAIDOC week: f-ck the festivities, let’s talk politics

The rela meaning of NAIDOC week is in examining the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders still don't have full Constitutional recognition, writes Kamilaroi woman @TheKooriWoman.

When you remove all the lovely flowery talk of celebrations of history, achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the festiveness of all walks of life enjoying and participating in Aboriginal culture, you are left with the bare bones of what NAIDOC week is really about.

This week is about the people that came before us, who were fed the fuck up with being classed as animals and plants, people who were smacked down every time they tried to change their lot in life, people who were being told, in no uncertain terms, that for all of their ideas, and for all of their pleas, this wonderful, beautiful, awesome — go crazy, use all the adjectives — country used the Australian constitution to reject all of their petitions.

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One thought on “NAIDOC week: f-ck the festivities, let’s talk politics

  1. Dogs breakfast

    That’s as honest a piece of writing I have come across for some time.

    Your brainstorming session is beautiful. Completely unrealistic of course, becuse something actually came out of it, but beautiful nonetheless.

    All power to your arm, all strength to your ‘mob’.

    Go get ’em! (us)

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