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Don't Call Me A Problem!

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I watched "Q and A" on the ABC Monday evening - 9th June 2014.
It was a panel of the "Elders." And was riveting viewing.
One of the most emotional moments came when Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
(Star of the film "Jedda) spoke about John Pilger's film "Utopia," Racism in Australia, and the NT Intervention.
The impact was quite dramatic.
Here is a link from that evening:

http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2014/06/qas-compelling-speech-dont-call-me-a-problem.html

I would be interested to read the views of others who
watched the program.
Posted by Foxy, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 12:03:03 PM
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Thank you Foxy, it was a moving clip.

I haven't watched this as I wouldn't allow a TV in my home, so your bringing it here makes me proud of this woman. This should teach nationalists that they don't own this continent, nobody does.

I am sad though that she goes by the name "Rosalie", obviously a Western name.
Posted by Yuyutsu, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 7:07:11 PM
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Dear Yuyutsu,

Thank You for watching the clip and your comments.

It was a most unusual "Q and A," program.
The panel featured Jane Goodall (Primatologist), Betty
Churcher (Art Educator), Peter Coleman (Conservative Intellectual),
Stuart Rees (Founder of the Sydney Peace Prize), and last
but definitely not least Arrente - Alyawarra Elder
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.

As you saw when a question came from the audience about
the apparent whiteness of Australia, despite the strong
multicultural mix of our nation - Tony Jones threw to
Kunoth-Monks for a response.

It had quite an impact on me. I guess like many people,
I admit that I simply don't understand fully
the complexity of the problems
that our First Nation people have to deal with on a daily
basis. So, hearing things first hand had quite an effect on me.
Posted by Foxy, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:18:38 PM
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You people..LOL.

You know, I have a culture. I am a cultured person. (Speaking Australian) Iím talking another language. And my language is alive. I am not something that fell out of the sky for the pleasure of somebody putting another culture into this cultured being. John shows in his many rambling monologues what is an ongoing denial of me. I am not an Anglo Saxon or, indeed, European. I am White, Australian, First Nations person, a sovereign person from this country. (Speaking Australian) This is the country I came out from. I didnít come from overseas. I came from here. My language, in spite of totalitarian humanism trying to penetrate into my brain by assimilationists Ė I am alive, I am here and now Ė and I speak my language. I practise my cultural essence of me. Donít try and suppress me and donít call me a problem. I am not the problem. I have never left my country nor have I ceded any part of it. Nobody has entered into a treaty or talked to me about who I am. I am White, a male elder from this country. Please remember that. I am not the problem
Posted by Jay Of Melbourne, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:53:35 PM
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So Jay Of Melbourne how would you feel if someone came and destroyed your culture and language and way of life and called you a problem?
Posted by mikk, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:23:26 PM
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I am always amused when someone refers to walking around nude, throwing rocks & sticks at things, trying desperately to get something to eat, as a culture.

What a anthropological joke.
Posted by Hasbeen, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:36:07 PM
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