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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Aboriginal Lives Matter

Well Blogdogs and Blinkys, for days now, all over the USA, thousands of Americans are protesting the police murder of George Floyd. The #BlackLivesMatter movement exposes the systemic racism that underlies the structures in American society. This has sparked discussions in Australia about the troubling parallels in our own society.

I know many of you are concerned and want to show support and many protests and rallies are being organised. We are still in a dangerous pandemic so I think it is important to highlight the many ways we can help indigenous Australians without risking the spread of COVID-19.

We have just had Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and today is Mabo Day – celebrating the life Eddie Koiki Mabo and his great achievements in the fight for Native Title. The High Court Decision of 1992 overturned the fiction of terra nullius⁣, known as the Mabo decision, and recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have rights to the land.

It is a good time to look at the racism Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders experience. The high rates of incarceration and deaths in custody. It is also a good time to look at ways we can all make a difference. ABC Indigenous published a list of ways to get involved, educate yourself and make a difference.

Over at Booklists are a list of books by Indigenous authors. To get insight into issues facing young Indigenous Australians you can watch In My Blood it Runs.

Readings Bookstore has published a list of Black Voices books for kids and teens which include many that I know you all read and applaud like the Australian book Catcher Teller Crow and from the USA, The Hate U Give. There are many ways to get involved and contribute to improving our world for everyone. And reading is an important step that leads to understanding and empathy. If you have some recommendations, please share! Stay safe everyone!