The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has expressed their dismay at yet another example of the prejudicial attitude of many Australians.
Bill Leak’s cartoon that was published in today’s copy of The Australian is yet another symptom of the endemic racism that exists within Australia.
The very fact that those involved did not see this as racist has come as little surprise and proves yet again that the ‘BIG R’ is alive and well.
The cartoon suggests that Aboriginal men, in particular, are alcoholics and that they are irresponsible parents and community members.
The Australian and Mr Leak obviously did not think or consider the social impacts that the cartoon may have. At a time where race relations in this country are tenuous it is of grave concern that the Fourth Estate perpetuates racism.
Mr Leak should take a long hard look at himself.
The fact that our political masters have allowed this level of institutional racism to fester and become acceptable is an indictment on the politicians of this nation.
Please direct interview requests to:
Tamara Giles, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
0457 877 408 / Tamara.Giles@nationalcongress.com.au