dear caretakers of children: stop telling kids “I don’t care who started it!”. you’re teaching children to ignore unequal power balances. that leads to legitimate belief in things like reverse racism, misandry, heterophobia, etc. you’re teaching children that it’s wrong to retaliate when they are wronged. “who started it” is very, very relevant.
APPROPRIATE TERMS AND WORDS FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
I’ve been asked to compile a list of appropriate terms/words when referring to Indigenous Australians.. So here goes!
As a little bit of back-ground info on us.. Indigenous people in Australia have the longest continuing culture/s in the world. With many different language groups, culture groups, similarities with cultures in certain parts of Africa, Indonesia and nearby countries/nations, Aboriginal Australia is indeed diverse, to say the least.
Terms/words that are appropriate:
Torres Straight Islander person/s
Torres Straight Islander people/s
Native (though it’s not used as much here and more often heard to describe the Indigenous people of America, some will use the word)
Black (yes, we ARE Black.. the white settlers used the term “Blacks” which reduced us down to our skin color.. we’ve reclaimed that word and is often used like “Black-fella”)
ATSI - Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander/s (umbrella term for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island people’s or for shorthand)
Terms/words that are NOT appropriate:
Aborigine/Aborigines (a big no-no and sadly many still use these terms today)
The Aboriginal people
The Torres Straight Islanders
The n word (pretty obvious, really)
Appropriate area-specific terms:
Murri - Qld, north west NSW
Nyoongah - WA
Koori – NSW
Goori - north coast NSW
Koorie - Vic
Yolngu - Arnhem Land
Anangu - Central Australia
Palawa - Tasmania
Ngarrindjeri – SA - River Murray, Lakes, Coorong people
Torres Strait Island Peoples
Murray Island Peoples
Mer Island Peoples
Also, words that are used to describe us as “less-advanced” when compared to European societies, are not acceptable. We are not less-advanced, or less-modern or a “primitive” people - we are just different. As is everyone.
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