As many of you will know, I do not agree with the Commonwealth Government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act that will see section 18C amended/repealed. I believe that the amendments will give permission to vilify, insult and offend Aboriginal people, and others. Last year I wrote a letter to various members of parliament, … Continue reading The Attorney-General responds to my letter
It was recently announced by the new Commonwealth government that they are intending amend certain sections of the Racial Discrimination Act in order to discourage litigation, particularly when it comes to free speech. We at the Critical Classroom (and Iscariot Media) do not agree with any amendments that make it okay to vilify, insult and … Continue reading The Racial Discrimination Act – proposed 2013 amendments
The 21st of March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa. Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations states: Each year we mark this Day on the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. We can … Continue reading International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Last September (2011) I attended the annual Oodgeroo Noonuccal public lecture at QUT by scholar Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson. Her lecture was titled Race Matters: Representations of Aboriginality in the Media. In it she explored the racialised history of private media in Australia, particularly it’s coverage of Aboriginal Peoples and ‘issues’. It was a very timely lecture … Continue reading Some Aboriginal People Are More Aboriginal Than Others
In two of three of my 1213QCA Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practices lecture last week I showed this video, and I wanted to provide all the students with an opportunity to engage with this powerful and confronting (and very effective) work again. Warning: Course Language bell hooks in her essay Eating the Other: Desire and … Continue reading Learning from Yellow Rage
This week’s news cycle (at least in Queensland and New South Wales) has been filled with the Andrew Johns racism saga. It is alleged that Andrew Johns, the assistant coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team, told a player that he needed to stop Greg Inglis (from the Queensland team) by saying … Continue reading Racism: Do you know how to have the conversation?
Here is another selection for the other resource for the non-institutionally-affiliated-student or Life-Long Learner. The Australian Critical Race & Whiteness Studies Association examines Whiteness in an Australian context, exploring the racialised nature of our country. They hold regular conferences with a regular journal published that you can access from the website.
These notes are to accompany a lecture given on 31st August, 2009 for pre-service education students enrolled in EDB007 Culture Studies: Indigenous Education (mid-semester) at Queensland University of Technology. This post can be conjunction with the slides on slideshare.net/leesawatego So far in this semester, students have explored concepts such as standpoint, epistemologies, the power & … Continue reading Knowledge & World Views in the Critical Classroom: A journey of on-going inquiry
Michael at Brisbane Invasion Day 2009 march. He asked me “Mum, all the people who celebrate Australia Day, don’t they know about the Aborigines?” Mick Dodson, Australian of the Year 2009 in his acceptance speech told how he believed that 26th of January should not be Australia Day. Linda Burney, in an interview with … Continue reading An Aboriginal perspective on Australia Day
This teacher’s education resource was produced by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane to accompany the touring visual arts exhibition, cantchant by Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee. cantchant was also part of the Once Removed exhibition at the Venice Bienale in 2009. You can download a copy of the teacher’s education resource here.