Truth doesn’t matter when Indigenous reporting is driven by social media

Truth doesn’t matter when Indigenous reporting is driven by social media. By Chris Kenny.

The Australian left still believe the opposite of what the Royal Commission into aboriginal deaths in custody found, in 1991:

Wikipedia: The Royal Commission reported that Aboriginal people in custody died at about the same rate [actually a lower rate, but Wiki couldn’t quite bring itself to say that] as non-Aboriginal people in custody, but the rate at which they came into custody was much higher…

This suggests the left deliberately deceive themselves, or are systematically deceived by the media. Here’s looking at you, ABC, for quietly stating the truth occasionally but spending the rest of the time loudly giving the opposite impression.

“Why, in 2021, is a study that began before I was born, with 30-year-old royal commission recommendations, still being debated,” asked 2020 Miles Franklin Award-winning Aboriginal author Tara June Winch at the opening of the Sydney Writers’ Festival last Tuesday.

Tara Winch is promoted as a “good person” by those with access to government money:

The answer is simple: because millions of people don’t have a clue what the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody actually found. …

The commission made recommendations to keep Aboriginal people safe in jail, but it also found Aboriginal Australians were less likely to die in custody than other Australians. When Guardian Australia claims 474 Aboriginal Australians have died in custody since the report was handed down, the Guardian’s editors don’t tell you that number includes people who died of natural causes, committed suicide or were killed in police car chases.

Nor are you likely to see much in most of the media about the truth of Aboriginal violence. Much Indigenous reporting here is part of a new wave of journalism driven by the emotions of social media but it does not accurately convey inconvenient truths. …

Look at prisoner rights campaigner Debbie Kilroy who tweeted last week about the latest two Aboriginal deaths in custody: “White Australia, it’s time to get fckin angry and take action to stop the killing of Aboriginal people in prisons.”

The implication is clear: Aboriginal people are killed by police or prison warders. But in most cases it just isn’t so.

Like the BLM movement in the US, campaigners on race politics today do not want to deal with black violence as it is. The issue is constructed by the media around the idea black people are victims of white oppression.

Race campaigners don’t want to discuss personal responsibility … Today’s anti-racism campaigners are pushing a Marxist agenda, having replaced class war with race war. …

The truth is not PC:

So as the left media here tries to copy US coverage of the BLM movement, what do the facts here show?

Anthony Dillon, an Aboriginal academic, cites criminologist David Biles, who for three years ran research for the Deaths in Custody commission: “When I … (was) able to prove unequivocally that Aboriginal people were slightly less likely to die in prison or police custody than non-Aboriginal people we were met with derision. We were even accused of disloyalty to the Royal Commission.”

In a piece for, Dr Dillon cites 2018-19 Australian Institute of Criminology figures showing Indigenous prisoners died at the rate of 0.13 per 100 inmates while non-Indigenous died at 0.23 per 100.

Dr Dillion quotes his father Col, Australia’s first Aboriginal police officer: “People who keep making excuses and justify poor behaviour rarely aspire to worthwhile goals in life.” …

The greatest threat to Aboriginal families is other Aboriginals rather than police. The same underclass issues that drive white crime — welfare dependence and addiction to alcohol and drugs — are the main predictors of Aboriginal homicide.

The American left (and, especially, BLM) has shown how to successfully lie their way to power using race. Clearly the Australian left is copying.