In support of the Bla(c)k community

At ATYP, we pay our utmost respect to the traditional owners of this land we live and work on, and their elders past and present. It would be irresponsible not to acknowledge that we benefit from stolen land, nor to acknowledge the painful reality of the situation unfolding in the United States or the years of oppression and systemic racism that have led up to these events. We also recognise the same issues are faced by our Indigenous community and people of colour across Australia.

To help navigate this confronting, maybe confusing and painful time, we have put together a non-exhaustive list of resources for our community and those who would like to educate themselves further, take action, or donate.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that some of these links may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons.

Read:

Donate/Volunteer:

If you are able to, here is a non-exhaustive list of groups, organisations, and more that you can donate time or money to.

Act:

  • Volunteer with the organisations above, reach out to your local Indigenous groups.
  • If you would like to participate in a peaceful protest, you will be able to find lists on social media and many news websites. At this time in particular, please remember your state’s gathering limitations regarding COVID, remember to social distance and wear personal protective gear, do your research, and be safe.
  • Send letters or emails to your local Members of Parliament urging them to acknowledge the government’s role in creating and maintaining systemic oppression, and to take actions to lift Aboriginal voices, do more to prevent Aboriginal deaths in custody, and much more. An example template can be found here.

Think:

  • Challenge any racist thinking that you hear – it is often subconscious – whether it be your own or from someone else
  • Have difficult conversations with family and friends around racism. What do they think? Why do they think that?
  • Think about your place in society. Does it afford you privilege? What does that privilege look like? How can you use your privilege to help lift marginalised voices instead of talking over them?
  • How can you actively reduce racism in Australia?

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In an essay for the New York Times, acclaimed professor, award-winning author, and director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, @ibramxk dove into the topic of how to combat racism: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “No one becomes “not racist,” despite a tendency by Americans to identify themselves that way. We can only strive to be “anti-racist” on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage. We learn early the racist notion that white people have more because they are more; that people of color have less because they are less. I had internalized this worldview by my high school graduation, seeing myself and my race as less than other people and blaming other blacks for racial inequities. To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In order to do this, we have to educate ourselves. We can learn about covert white supremacy, follow organizations leading the way for racial equity and justice, watch films, listen to podcasts, and read books. This doesn’t need to be seen as a chore, but can instead be seen as an opportunity — an opportunity to better understand ourselves, love our neighbors, and become the change we wish to see. #AntiRacism #BecomeGoodNews @goodgoodgoodco ⠀⠀ — Link to resources in @goodgoodgoodco bio

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Other:

  • Watch television shows and films that celebrate Indigenous stories. NITV is a free-to-air network with programs that celebrate Indigenous culture, challenge perceptions, and facilitate debate. Series like ABC’s Black Comedy is now in its fourth season and is a comedic exploration of what it means to be black in contemporary Australia.

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I’m gonna be real – for me, racism makes me feel uncomfortable. It’s 2020 yet I’m baffled at why someone’s skin colour still makes a difference to how they’re treated. So many people are getting called out on here but I can understand that EVERYONE has their ways of dealing with things. Some people internalise, some people scream off the top of their lungs, some people punch things etc. I’ve had a few conversations with my friends and family and it’s almost sad because am I surprised that this shit is still happening? No not really. Someone asked me how I feel about this situation and so many POC are going to absolutely hate me for saying this but in all honesty, I feel slightly relieved. 50/60/70 years ago, we didn’t have social media, or cameras on our phones. We didn’t have platforms where regular people could speak up. Where regular people like me and you can educate others and be listened to and taken seriously. The bottom of the line is, our world is still racist but I feel that the world is more awake than ever before. Back then, do you think something like this would get so much coverage? Absolutely not. I know where I came from – my last name is Thomas ffs and come on, that definitely wouldn’t have been my original surname. Am I worried to bring a child of colour into this world? Yes. But I recognise that slavery happened for 400+ years, and radical change takes a long time. It’s been such a short time being out of that. I hate that people have to suffer for change to happen, of course it breaks my heart! No one can tell me different! But also, I’m just glad that I can see way more people of all races fighting for what’s right. Anyway, on a lighter note, for those who want to learn more but don’t know where to start, add a couple of these badboys to your @netflixuk list to watch. There are way more, these are just 5 of my must watches. Please like and share! Those of y’all that have more suggestions, feel free to drop these in the comments. I don’t want any hate on here, just love. 💖 ** EDIT – for those that can’t find the first recommendation, type in ‘Explained’ – season 1 episode 4 **

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  • Watch documentaries about race. Here’s a list of 10 covering the African American and Aboriginal Australian experiences.
  • Watch Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man – an ongoing series by Emmanuel Acho explaining the Black Lives Matter movement, racial inequality, and answering common and taboo questions.
  • Buy books, clothing, items made by Indigenous writers, artists, business owners. Supply Nation is a national directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.
  • Follow BIPOC (Blak/Black and Indigenous People of Colour) on Instagram and Twitter. IndigenousX on Twitter and ABC Indigenous, BlakBusiness on Instagram are starting points and examples
  • Listen to stories and podcasts by Black and Indigenous people. Gamilaroi woman Marlee Silva of Tiddas 4 Tiddas has started a podcast series, ‘Always was, always will be our stories‘, inspiring conversations with Indigenous role models. Koori Radio 93.7FM is Sydney’s only First Nations radio station broadcasting 24/7. Bobo and Flex is a podcast by two young black women on a quest to decolonize our minds, intersect our feminism, and dish out some solid advice on staying away from problematic boys.
  • Listen to the music of Indigenous artists like Briggs, Birdz, Thelma Plum, Dhapanbal Yunupingu, and so many more.
  • Sign petitions. There are many appearing, and it allows you to support local and international causes.

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This is not by any means a definitive list. We encourage you to look up local organisations and initiatives that are more accessible to you.

It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone – no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. — Michelle Obama

References:

Dodson, Shannan 2019, Indigenous issues can be daunting – here are 10 positive ways to engage, Triple J Hack, <https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/here-are-10-positive-ways-to-engage-with-indigenous-issues/10885222>.

Triple J Hack 2020, Here are the practical ways you can support Aboriginal Lives Matter, ABC News, <https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/practical-ways-you-can-support-aboriginal-lives-matter/12308386>.

Wahi, Sukriti 2020, How To Become A Better Ally To People Of Colour, ELLE Australia, <https://www.elle.com.au/news/black-lives-matter-ally-23575>.

Gannoni A & Bricknell S 2019. Indigenous deaths in custody: 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Statistical Bulletin no. 17. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/sb/sb17

Kendi, Ibram X. 2019, An Antiracist Reading List, The New York Times, <https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html>.

Shutack, Corrine 2017, 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, Medium, <https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234>.

Readings, Books to help you understand & fight white supremacy, Readings, <https://www.readings.com.au/collection/books-to-help-you-understand-and-fight-white-supremacy>.

Anti-Racism Resources (primarily American)

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