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Someone Left A Racist Note For An Indigenous Woman After They Hit Her Parked Car 😡

Indigenous people are no strangers to discrimination and racist acts. Intolerance is an issue the world over: veteran, activist and Omaha elder Nathan Phillips’ experience, which has recently gained international attention, is the norm rather than the exception.

The story is no different in Australia, where Aboriginal peoples face discrimination in every aspect of their lives. Like in the US, indigenous people face damaging stereotypes, including the idea that they are all lazy or that the government have been giving them an unfair advantage.

An Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara woman recently received a nasty, racist note on her car after someone hit and damaged it while she was inside a shopping center. The note essentially consists of “Sorry, not sorry,” but in the most racist way possible.

“I’m writting [sic] this note because I hit your car! You have an Aboriginal sticker on your car so the goverment [sic] probs [sic] paid for it out of my taxes.

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY

I’m not sorry as well”

The note is signed “2019 One Nation,” referencing the Australian far right-wing political party, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation. One Nation is a nationalist, populist party that espouses beliefs that closely mirror those of the more radically conservative Republicans in the US.

It also references Australia Day which, has become a contentious subject in recent years, as it represents the day that Australia was invaded by British explorer James Cook. This day signifies the beginning of a cultural and literal genocide of indigenous Australians, so one can see why they would not be keen on celebrating it.

There has been a recent push to Change the Date to a day that doesn’t have so many negative emotions tied to it for so many Australians. There has been significant pushback from the right, essentially claiming that it’s always been the 26th of January and people just need to deal with it.

Twitter was having none of this racist nonsense, and responded immediately in calling out the person who left the horrible note.

If the reactions on Twitter are any indication, public awareness and condemnation of discrimination is growing. One can only hope that this starts to translate into better treatment of indigenous peoples and POC as a whole, and that people learn that racism will not be tolerated.

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Written by Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokémon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.