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Friday, July 31st

I can tell you how Adam Goodes feels. Every Indigenous person has felt it “Australians are proud of their tolerance yet can be perplexed when challenged on race, their response often defensive. I may be overly sensitive. I may see insult where none is intended. Maybe my position of relative success and privilege today should have healed deep scars of racism and the pain of growing up Indigenous in Australia. The same could be said of Adam. And perhaps that is right. But this is how Australia makes us feel. Estranged in the land of our ancestors, marooned by the tides of history on the fringes of one of the richest and demonstrably most peaceful, secure and cohesive nations on earth. The ‘wealth for toil’ we praise in our anthem has remained out of our reach. Our position at the bottom of every socio-economic indicator tragically belies the Australian economic miracle. ‘Australians all let us rejoice’ can ring hollow to us. Ours is a more troubled patriotism. Our allegiance to Australia, our pride in this country is undercut by the dark realities of our existence.” (Also: The Adam Goodes debate is all about race)

The Guardian
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