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Ruby Hamad

Freelance writer

(Image: Wikimedia Commons/Henry Moses)

How the idea of the 'white damsel' has been used to sell racism

White society hinged on the myth of 'protecting' white women from rape but, in reality, what they were really 'protected' from was their own liberation and any capacity to form meaningful relationships with people of colour.

NBA star Ben Simmons attends a Melbourne Demons AFL game. (Image: AAP/Daniel Pockett)

Racism is more than hatred. It’s emotional abuse.

People of colour, even famous and successful ones like Ben Simmons, are expected to keep their heads down — to serve, to soothe, to entertain. When they don’t, the backlash is so swift and so vicious it can be dizzying.

Diana Sayed and Senator Penny Wong on Q&A

Why power likes to play the victim

Speaking truth to power is difficult enough. But as human rights lawyer Diana Sayed discovered on Q&A this week, when power plays the victim card it becomes practically impossible.

Scott Morrison with Imam Shaykh Yahya Safi and Immigration Minister David Coleman (Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts)

The call is coming from inside the house

A white supremacist killer has again shown us the violent hatred that lurks inside us. Don’t turn away without acknowledging it.

Jacqueline Maley in conversation with Julia Banks, Linda Burney, Julie Bishop and Sarah Hanson-Young (Image: All About Women/Prudence Upton).

Will we ever get deeper debate about women in politics?

With everyone continuing to follow their talking points, we're taking a deep dive into a shallow pool.

Notes and flowers at the site where Aya Maarsawe's body was found in Bundoora (Image: AAP/James Ross)

The politics of erasing Palestinians

Being Palestinian is not why student Aya Maarsawe was murdered but it has everything to do with how she lived, how she is mourned and how she will be remembered.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Journo's death forces media into embarrassing retreat on Saudi prince

Since details of the Khashoggi's disappearance and death have emerged, media has been frantically backtracking on their effusive praise for the Saudi prince.

More than Mark Knight: inside Australian media's enduring problem with race

This embarrassing international incident highlights not only Australia’s stubborn refusal to act on the urgency of race, but the media's stubborn refusal to even listen.

Australian progressives are stuck in an endless loop

For all the words written and shared about diversity and representation, what's actually been done? And who's benefiting from the cyclic system of outrage and inaction?

The uncomfortable reason Australian journos don't like The New York Times

The US publication has been plagued by criticism since hitting our shores, but is its coverage really so unusual? This is what the rest of the world has always dealt with.