Don Dale fire disturbance riot
Don Dale youth detention facility (IMAGE credit: AAP/NEDA VANOVAC)

When Four Corners aired its expose of the systemised torture and brutality at the Don Dale detention centre two weeks ago, the cry went up across the land: "Is this who we are?" "This is not who we are."

When, a week later, Bill Leak published a cartoon whose rendering and structure clearly implied that all Aboriginal fathers, every one of them, were alky deadbeats, the cry went up: "This is not who we are." When, days later, The Guardian released the Nauru files detailing the systematic psychological torture and brutalisation of children and adults, the cry went up: "This is not ..."