Thursday, April 28, 2011

Black Like Him

ANOTHER voice of Aboriginal Australia speaks up for Larissa Behrendt.

Larissa Behrendt TWEETED something about Bess Price's comments on Q&A that some found rude since they didn't know she was talking about a scene in Deadwood that she watched just before Q&A started. An act that without the media tripping over their own fangs to bite in to, Bess Price would likely never have heard of, or cared about.

Of course, still not a very nice thing to say and since Bess Price obviously found out about it and would have justifiably been very offended by it (whatever offense the actual tweet alone may have caused being magnified and enflamed by the rabid media frenzy it stirred) Larissa Behrendt found an obvious need to clarify and to apologise for any offence it may have caused... I would have thought that between two professional Aboriginal women at their respective levels, this would have been the end of the matter...

As the punctuation suggests, proud Aboriginal man Luke Pearson (above) is a professional educator.


  1. I had a look at Luke Pearson's post. It poses the question "Who is aboriginal?" The first thing that popped into my head was "Not the white guy with the beard"

    I can understand the argument for positive discrimination to counter a history of negative discrimination but when could Luke have felt actual (rather than self imposed) discrimination.

    If a change of policy resulted in all Australian Aboriginals being rounded up and locked up in work camps I wounder if Luke would still be identifying as Aboriginal.

  2. He can't seem to decide if one causes "offence" or "offense".

  3. Our recently resurrected Prof. courts oblivion once again. Come the bone pointing, he will be off to the dreamtime. Be very afraid, as these days they home in on their target with laser like precision. Pro bono silks now press the buttons of doom.

  4. Okay, Prof. It's been over 24 hours.
    Time for you to drop another blog jewel.



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  6. I must say I have difficulty with the claim: "the oldest living culture on Earth".

    Aren't all cultures, like all families, equally old? I'm here because my mother had me, and her mother had her, and so on, and so on, until you get back to Lucy in Kenya, or Noah in Mt Ararat.

    My culture, and every culture, has been passed on in a similar way. Along the way my ancestors have learned new things, adapted this, borrowed that, rejected something else, in a living culture that stretches back further than we can trace.

    Or is "oldest living culture" a nice way of saying "We haven't learnt anything new in 40,000 years"?