Bookmarked Maybe we shouldn’t change the date of Australia Day after all (IndigenousX)

You cannot say that Australia day embraces all Australians while simultaneously saying that people who think the date should change are unpatriotic by “turning their backs on Australian values”. That rhetoric sends a very clear message that diversity of opinion is not an important Australian value, and it is further problematic when Aboriginal people are seen as synonymous with the Change The Date movement. It further reinforces the increasingly common observation that the ideal of free speech is only invoked to defend racialised hate speech, and only in one direction.

Luke Pearson explains that changing the date of Australia Day is only the first step in changing Australian culture.

And just as nobody should give you a Gold medal for Weightlifting just for joining the gym, we can’t just use changing the date of Australia to pretend we have fixed racism and then throw a party to celebrate how harmonious we already are.

In an extract from Truth-Telling, Henry Reynolds unpacks some of the context and concerns associated with Australia Day.

Bookmarked Australia is built on lies, so why would we be surprised about lies about climate change? | Luke Pearson for IndigenousX (the Guardian)

If we don’t have a conversation on climate now, the windows for any conversation, ‘in between fires’, will become increasingly shorter

Luke Pearson discusses the current crisis and the lies that are told.

Early within the bushfire season we saw efforts to pretend it wasn’t really that bad, and that it was just those damn inner-city elites complaining, as they always do (it wasn’t). As things got worse, we were told it still really wasn’t that bad and that it definitely had nothing to do with climate change (it does). Then we were told it is that bad, but it was all the Greens’ fault (it wasn’t). Then we were told the government is giving everything the fire services have requested (they haven’t).

Then finally we have been told the Coalition government has never denied climate change and its links to fires (they have, and do), just as various Coalition members went on air telling us that there was no such thing as climate change.

He continues the call for further conversation and change. He argues that this is a part of a longer history of lies associated with colonialisation.

Australia was founded on the lie that this country was terra nullius. It was founded on the lie that white men are the superior species. It was founded on the lie that the country was previously “unsettled” and that importing animals, plants, pests and unsustainable farming practices was how best to “settle” this “wild” land. It was founded on the lie that this is a “lucky country” and the land of a “fair go for all”.

Pearson argues that it is time to change the nation and everything that it is built upon.

Bookmarked Once again the Daily Telegraph prefers a culture war to facts | Luke Pearson by Luke Pearson (the Guardian)

Perhaps the most frustrating thing in all of this is that for an article praising the scientific method and the importance of academic rigour it seems pretty likely Donnelly didn’t even bother to read any of the work he is critiquing.

I hope that people reading this article do though. Whether you are a teacher, parent, student or just one of the millions of Australians who laments the fact that you weren’t taught a better understanding of Indigenous science in schools, there is some really great information there, and in plenty of other places if you take the time to look.

Luke Pearson responds to criticism and concern over the inclusion of spear throwing and fire starting in the Australian Curriculum. He suggests that it represents a form of racism and ignorance. It is interesting reading this thinking about the work of Latour and the construction of truth and science.

📓 Luke Pearson (#DIGICON18 Keynote)

DLTV have always included people from diverse backgrounds. Luke Pearson was another great presenter. Unlike Rafranz Davis and Chris Harte who incorporated an explicit focus on technology, Pearson offered a different take on ‘STEM’, change and accessibility.

Pearson In The Wind:

Sometimes you need to just follow the journey and stop worrying about the outcome

Indigenous teachers are the canary in the goldmine measuring the state of indigenous education

Twitter is often where you find your kindred spirits

In giving a voice to IndigenousX Guardian Australia became the leading indigenous voice in Australian media

In Australia, we did not have beasts of burden to cart around to develop the need for the wheel

IndigenousX stands for indigenous excellence – celebrating the specialised skillsets

There is a long history of associating racism with the humanities, but so much actually stems from science

The failure of indigenous students is a failure of the system

Our science and tech is so much more advanced than what is available in many remote communities

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