In April, after a long battle, Tanya Day’s family won. That an examination into the death of their mother after falling when at the Castlemaine police station found that unconscious racial bias had played at least some parts in his arrest. While the coroner failed to label the inattentive actions of the police present (even though they were found to have violated Human Rights Day), he found that the train conductor had made a decision based on Aboriginality Day which made him call the Police officers to him in his drunken country.
In other words, if Tanya – who has a valid ticket – is only left to sleep on the train like many drunken commuters who are not Aboriginal, she might still be with us today.
These findings follow the previous victory achieved by Ms. extraordinary children. Day: “drunkenness in public” will be eliminated from criminal law in Victoria. In 2019, the Prime Minister Victoria promised this would happen – only 28 years after this recommendation was sent down by the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in detention because it was discovered that the law disproportionately criminalized Aboriginal people. Thanks to Hari Tanya’s family that all Victorians are now entitled to return home safely, without police interference, whatever our circumstances.
I mention this case because this is something that everyone in Victoria and Australia must know. Day’s family joins with countless other broken-hearted Aboriginal families in the country who must embark on a journey for justice for their loved ones who have died in police custody. More than 430 of them, incidentally, since the findings of the royal commission were revealed. But despite the fact that this continues to happen, Australia is primarily turning a blind eye to this issue, or bending backwards to justify the fact that Aboriginal people are the most a race of people who are jailed on this planet.
Because it was interesting, and disappointing, witnessing Australia’s response to the riots that occurred in the US after the death of African-American man George Floyd while in police custody. World should angry with his death and must take action to ensure that never happens again. However Coverage 24-7 here shows how much more valuable news about the death of black people in custody from the US is here than many Aboriginal deaths in Australia.
I have people on Twitter telling me that maybe if there were riots here, there would be more interest. The problem is, there is a riot here. Recently, residents of Palm Island compensated after a federal court found police used excessive force on the population during the riots following the death in 2004 in detention Mulrindji Doomadgee. Despite the fact that only Aboriginal people are jailed for what happened on Palm Island, however best Nine News can be mobilized in response to this compensation payment is a news report that basically accuses the population of fraud and careless spending of “taxpayers’ money.
Redfern riot after 17 years TJ Hickey is killed riding a bicycle while the police were chased he. His body was pierced by the fence. But I guarantee you that almost no Australians remember the riots, let alone their names and the fact that their families still call for justice.
Or how Joyce Clarke, who was shot by the police at Geraldton last year when he appeared to be experiencing an episode of mental health? The police officer who shot him pleaded not guilty to charges of murder several days ago. The authorities at that time were very worried that there would be unrest after Clarke’s death as their racist solution is to ban alcohol sales to certain local residents. How many people in Australia will take to the streets for Joyce?
The salt was further erased in the wound when we saw the Black Lives Matter solidarity action in Australia held without consulting the people whose lives were most affected by police brutality on this land – Aboriginal people. It is remarkable that people know that police action cannot be stopped, and showing solidarity is the key to racist institutions being challenged wherever they are in the world, but why is solidarity often lacking in terms of Australia’s own atrocities? Why a Black Lives Matter The US solidarity rally in Melbourne in 2016 attracted thousands of people, but the rally was closed Don Dale juvenile detention center following the police brutality that was applied to Aboriginal children only two weeks later failed to produce anywhere near the level of public interest, even if a small crowd managed to close the Melbourne CBD until 2:00?
The truth is, in large part, due to Australia’s inability to recognize and handle their racism properly. Wave after wave of immigrants can come here and experience a unique but racist brand of Australian racism that is still more acceptable and higher than the social ladder than Aboriginal people. It is too difficult to deal with local problems, and therefore pointing to Americans and saying “but they are worse” is an easy avoidance method.
Global solidarity for the lives of black people and the struggle against institutional racism is very important. It is in solidarity and exchange that we find the strength to continue to challenge in the hope that this will never happen again. I just hope that while Australians are looking abroad for reasons why they should care, it will spend a little time to ensure that things change on this land too.
• Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman living in Melbourne. He is a union administrator, freelance writer and activist
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