Australia: Indigenous people must find a voice to condemn domestic violence

Australia: Indigenous people must find a voice to condemn domestic violence, by Nyunggai Warren Mundine. The selective reporting by the media:

Four Corners’ expose on the Don Dale Detention Centre triggered a nat­ional outcry, dominating media for over a week, its images broadcast across the world. Within 24 hours, Malcolm Turn­bull ­had announced a royal commission.

Three days later an indigenous woman was brutally killed in Bill Bell Park in Darwin. Recently, just after royal commission hearings began, another indigenous woman was killed near Bill Bell Park. Both killings were in broad daylight but neither killing made the news.

The one exception was Sky News correspondent Matt Cunningham’s report on domestic ­violence in the Northern Territory. The report aired CCTV footage of an indigenous woman being kicked and stomped on by her partner in a public street. It also covered the deaths of two ­indigenous women in Alice Springs. One was beaten to death by her partner in 2014. The second bled to death from a stab wound last year at home with her husband present. No one was charged and the coroner referred the case back to police.

Both women suffered years of domestic violence, with police ­attending 45 and 32 incidents res­pectively involving the women over the previous decade. The ­coroner’s report on the deaths said domestic violence in Northern Territory’s indigenous communities is out of control, the criminal justice system failing to protect women. …

Sounds extremely serious. How come we never hear about it in the media?

Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia are 17½ times more likely to be murdered. Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be admitted to hospital from domestic violence.

Then there’s the epidemic of sexual abuse of indigenous children. …

Pat Dodson says the high rate of indigenous incarceration is a national disgrace. I can’t recall him using his public platform to condemn high rates of abuse of ­indigenous women and children. But they’re two sides of the same coin. Of the 9885 indigenous people in prison last year, one-third were incarcerated for “acts ­intended to cause injury”, 7.6 per cent for sexual assault and related offences and 5.6 per cent for homicide and related offences. Indigenous women and children are disproportionately represented as victims of these offences.

Aboriginal Australians are mascots, pawns in the game of politics used by the politically correct to get into well-paying taxpayer funded jobs in Australia, promoting a rampant bureaucratic racism (only they now redefine “racism” so it doesn’t include them):

Indigenous people, progressives, feminists and the media don’t want to talk about indigenous abuse. Partly they don’t want to say negative things about indigenous people. Partly they are ­labouring under the myth that calling out indigenous wrong­doers tarnishes all indigenous men. What about indigenous women and children? Are people outraged only when white women are abused? Do only white children deserve protection from pedophiles?

Frankly, if indigenous people remain silent we deserve to be tarnished. When communities protect abusers they are complicit in abuse. When families hide or turn a blind eye to abuse, they enable abusers to commit crimes. It’s no wonder victims are afraid to speak up. Indigenous families and communities must start standing up for victims, not abusers.