This is not a story about the ‘Fear of God’.
It is a story of the fear of being labelled a racist or sexist.
It is about the fear that we are going to lose our job, lose our livelihood, lose the dignity of our citizenship, lose all the protections that we have as Australians.
And it is about how the system is stacked against us.
We are being taught that we can’t be equal to others in the workforce and that we don’t belong in our jobs, that we do not deserve the same rights that we enjoy as Australians, and that they will never understand that we live in the most multicultural society on earth.
It’s a narrative that has been pushed on us in schools, in the media, and through government.
We know the story, but it’s never told in our communities.
It goes against our DNA as a people.
It also goes against what the Constitution says and the law says.
I grew up in rural Queensland, in a community of less than 3,000 people, and I was taught that people from different cultures should be working together in harmony, that the rest of us are not supposed to be different, that our culture should not be taken for granted.
I was told that the West was the land of the free, and it’s the land where we should be able to express ourselves freely, without fear of reprisal.
I have seen it happen in the real world, and not just in my family.
The reality is, Australia is not the land that we grew up on.
Australia is the land which has been ruled by white settlers and slave owners for thousands of years.
It was founded by a white British empire and then by white European empires, who then colonised it, exploiting Indigenous communities for decades.
My grandparents, my mother and I grew up as Indigenous people, in this country where we were taught to fear, and to hide from, the threat of the white man, the white power structure, the racism that is the norm here in Australia.
We have to recognise that we were colonised by those same structures in this land that have been building for thousands and thousands of year, that have built a society that we now call ‘the Western world’, a country which is full of hate, of hate for our culture, our way of life, our ways of thinking, our traditions, our beliefs.
We have to stand up to that.
The government has to recognise this.
The universities, the state government, the judiciary, the ABC, all of those institutions should acknowledge that we as Indigenous Australians are the most marginalised group in this society, and we are the ones who are going backwards, not the other way around.
These institutions are not responsible for the attitudes of their students.
They are responsible for what happens when students are not taught that the world is a dangerous place, that they are not allowed to feel comfortable in their own communities, and they are allowed to go out and act out of fear and shame.
But, the real lesson for me is this: You don’t have to be a racist, sexist, bigoted, or homophobic to be the best at your job.
It isn’t just about being good at your work, it’s about having a good attitude about yourself.
And you can have that attitude in the workplace if you know how to work together, if you have the skills and the temperament to lead your team.
This isn’t about racism.
It shouldn’t be.
But it is a big part of who we are.
We should be proud of the role that we play as Australians as well as the role we play in the world.
It’s not about race.
It should be about love and respect.
We’ve got to learn to embrace each other.
We shouldn’t have this fear, we shouldn’t pretend that we’re not human, that it doesn’t matter what people think of us.
Aussie Workers Union chief executive Mark Pritchard said the ABC has failed to inform students about the discrimination against Indigenous people.
“The ABC has had a duty to ensure that Indigenous Australians in our workplace have the knowledge and support they need to be successful in the jobs that they hold,” he said.
“The ABC’s failure to do this is shameful and unacceptable.
It shows that ABC management has not fully grasped the significance of Indigenous people and the importance of understanding and respecting our cultures.”
The ABC also failed to acknowledge the importance and the impact of a cultural diversity program that was put in place in the 1970s and ’80s, and which was launched with the aim of promoting the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, according to the report.
Instead, the report highlights the “inadequacy” of Indigenous students’ access to career counselling, which was one of the main ways of getting their advice on how to develop their careers.
Pritchard also called for