Friday, 28 March 2014

On race hate freedom

Sanctioning rights to mock, with a determination to offend, is chasing that elusive butterfly that drifts just fingertips from capture. Wings flutter against your skin, but your delight will pass, when opened palms reveal, you’re will has crushed your desire beyond submission.
Our defiance will endure, and leave you with the broken body of freedom of speech.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

#TweetYarn~Close the Gap Day, 20 March 2014

  • Are you interested in Closing the Gap on Indigenous life expectancy?
  • Do you want to be involved in an online Close the Gap storytelling event?
  • Perhaps you thinking of joining Twitter but just haven’t got around to it yet?
How about joining in a collaborative #TweetYan on Close the Gap Day 2014?

I created #Tweetyarns in 2013 - explanation here, and an example here : Maisie May

Statistically I can expect to die nearly 20 years earlier than most of the people I am favouriting and retweeting.
Indigenous Australians are 2.7% of the population, however this small minority grooup cannot expect the life span of the majority of the population.

And if some people have their way, I should not expect to live any or all of a life free of hostility and abuse. Some prefer an Australia where some of us live on guard for abuse and must be prepared to fight back. 
But it wont be everyone who will be expected to be in robust debates on street corners, online and in print. Some can expect to never be targeted for hostility and persecution. But that hasn’t prevented a few from preferring that 'other’s' not be provided with the means for a life free of racial vilification and humiliation.

If you are a human being?  They are horrendous. It will make you fear for not only your life, but your child’s and your entire family. It will make your workplace more stressful. You are vulnerable physically, and it will impact on your financial security. You will avoid using public transport. There are places you will not go because they are danger zones. Sporting events will provide reminders that Australia is a country where young and old will scream abuse and threats even if they have never met you, and they will do it for fun.

This is an example

Emily Cattermole (pictured) may be first Indigenous supermodel

Talking points ...

Official Close the Gap social media resources ...

 Oxfam Australia