I'm Not Racist, But ...

I'm Not Racist, But ... : A Collection of Social Observations

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I'm not racist, but ... is a collection of social observations, thoughts and conversations the author has had over 15 years travelling Australia and the world; as a tourist, as a writer, as an academic, and always as a proud, strong, contemporary Aboriginal woman.

From the home of the largest Indigenous population in Australia - the city of Sydney - to the Mohawk Reserve of Kanhawake, Quebec, the work considers issues of Aboriginal identity, both imposed and self-defined, the process of reconciliation and issues around saying `sorry', notions of `truth' and integrity, biculturalism and invisible whiteness.

Poems like "My Best Friend's White" demonstrate the way in which racism is entrenched in every day Aussie phraseology, while the saturation of political correctness, the increased need for `token Kooris' and the unreal expectations of Aboriginal people are highlighted in the short radio play, "Token Kooris: Blackfellas for Hire".

In this collection, Heiss challenges her reader to consider what it is they are doing when they research or write about Aborigines, what role Aboriginal Studies plays in academia and what indeed, anthropologists actually study. Heiss questions what the spirit of Australia is and offers a "10 Point Plan for A Better Australia", which will possibly only come about after digesting her "A-Z of First Contact".

Some may consider Heiss' work as experimental. She considers them words that may help readers understand the issues that impact daily on the ways in which we all relate to each other regardless of heritage.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 6mm | 131.54g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • No
  • 1844713164
  • 9781844713165
  • 478,247

Table of contents


Aboriginal Studies

Anthropology is ...

Who's Truth

Different Lives, Different Values

Indigenous Intellectuals

I don't hate you, but ...

My Other

My 10 Point Plan for a better Australia

Ode to my mother

Pieces for peace

For our children

Making Aborigines

Us and Them

Advance Australia -Unfair

Checkerboard love

Expectations: (with respects to Phil Kawana)


The Creator's Prayer

Holier than thou


Considering Self

Why I write

Pearls from an old Aunty

What I know

Dreaming You

I heard you

The A-Z of First Contact: (with respect to Gordon Hooky)


My Father's Homeland: For my Father

My friend the therapist said ...

White and Black poetry readings: distinct differences

Face The Truth

An Oztralian Preamble

Stop Asking Me ...

What is the spirit of Australia?

I'm Not Racist, But ...




Reconciliation #1

Reconciliation #2

Token Kooris: Blackfellas for hire (radio play)

I know what you're thinking

Nameless face

My Best Friend's White

Invisible Whiteness

Coffee Coloured

Being Aboriginal

Bicultural Blackfella

But You're Not Really An Aborigine



Leon Carmen

Proud to be Koori

We Have Survived

What Psyches You?

Tolerated but not valued
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About Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation, and is an author, poet, satirist and social commentator. Anita's published works include the historical novel Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, satirical prose Sacred Cows, adult novel Not Meeting Mr Right, kids novel Yirra and her deadly dog, Demon and non-fiction text Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight) - Publishing Aboriginal Literature.
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