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

Apologies


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)


Untitled


The Creator's Prayer


Holier than thou


Thoughts


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)


Anger


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 ...


Integrity


Sorry


Treaty


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


Identity


Kahnawake


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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