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.
- Many resources can be found on the AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) website
- Discover our shared history on the Australians Together website
- Deaths Inside – a database from Guardian Australia which tracks every known Indigenous death in custody in every jurisdiction from 2008 – 2019
- We asked five Indigenous teenagers what National Sorry Day means to them – Article via ABC North West QLD
- Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton – an inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands
- Healing Foundation – has lots of information and resources on Stolen Generations, intergenerational trauma, community healing, and more
- Indigenous deaths in custody: 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody – a paper examining the trends and characteristics of Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991–92
- Children’s books such as I Love Me by Sally Morgan & Ambelin Kwaymullina and Sorry Day by Coral Vass and Dub Leffler
- All Together Now – evidence-based projects that promote racial equity. Kids Together Now is a section on their site with information and resources like an app aimed to reduce the incidences of racism among children.
- An Anti-Racist Reading list – put together by Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Antiracist
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – Australia’s largest human rights organisation providing support to people seeking asylum.
- Walking Together – a resource list from ABC to help Australians assist with Reconciliation when they don’t know how
- Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge has written a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary examination of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.
- My Tidda, My Sister: Stories of Strength and Resilience from Australia’s First Women by Marlee Silva – shares the experiences of many Indigenous women and girls, brought together by Marlee Silva. The voices of First Nations’ women that Marlee weaves through the book provide a rebuttal to the idea that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. For non-Indigenous women, it demonstrates the diversity of what success can look like and offers an insight into the lives of their Indigenous sisters and peers.
- Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad – Between June and July 2018, Layla Saad ran a 28-day Instagram challenge under the hashtag #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, for people with white privilege to unflinchingly examine the ways that they are complicit in upholding the oppressive system of white supremacy. This workbook was born out of that challenge.
This is a collection of some of the most poignant and powerful speeches relating to Australia's Indigenous history. All these years later, they're still relevant.
Warning to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders that this package contains images and voices of deceased persons. pic.twitter.com/BhPrbC1ih4
— The Project (@theprojecttv) June 2, 2020
If you are able to, here is a non-exhaustive list of groups, organisations, and more that you can donate time or money to.
- Yothu Yindi
- NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy)
- Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
- Seed Mob
- Pay The Rent
- Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
- Wirringa Baiya – Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
- Healing Foundation
- The Indigenous Literacy Foundation
- Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT
- Sisters Inside
- Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Services Inc
- Children’s Ground
- Change the Record
- National Justice Project
- Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services Inc.
- The Northern Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency
- Bridging the Gap Foundation
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance
- Black Rainbow
- Aboriginal Charity guide
- Indigenous Allied Health Australia
- Watch this video if you do not have the capacity to make a financial donation. The creators will donate all ad revenue to various organisations supporting Black Lives Matter and protester bail funds in the United States. Make sure any adblockers are disabled.
- 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.
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Have you been moved by the anger and pain that is currently on display in the US? Has the death of George Floyd made you want to do more to fight racism? Here are some practical ways – but by no means a definitive and complete list – of ways to get started. And if the situation in the US has made you reflect on racism closer to home, the racism and discrimination that happens regularly on our own soil in Australia, there’s plenty you can do about that, too. Head to the link in our bio for more.
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- 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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- 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.
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
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>.