Black Women Can Say These Things

Black Women Can Say These Things. By Janet Albrechtsen.

If we are honest, right now in this modern era there are some things that only a woman can say. And there are other things that only a woman of colour can say.

It’s fortunate, then, that in Australia we have Jacinta Nampijinpa Price. Equally lucky, the British have a woman called Kemi Badenoch.

Both women are tremendously frank about challenging the status quo … These are matters that most people refuse to question. Many favour the status quo for ideological reasons. Some have vested interests. Others are too scared to speak up for fear of Twitter storms and losing their jobs. …

Kemi Badenoch:

When Badenoch concluded her Tory leadership pitch by quoting American writer Thomas Sowell — “if you want to help people, tell them the truth; if you want to help yourself, tell them what they want to hear” — it wasn’t an empty platitude.

The bureaucracy versus the elected minister:

Badenoch, a minister for only a few years, has already walked the talk. She is among a handful of ­important, credible and measured voices to thoughtfully challenge the gender development practices at Tavistock clinic, which, until recently was regarded as a world’s best practice in treating children who questioned their gender.

Late last month, Tavistock was ordered to close following an independent review. Paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass found that the clinic in north London was hurrying young children into hormone-blocking treatments.

Writing in The Times a few days later, Badenoch, who became Equalities Minister in 2020, exposed the medical, bureaucratic, and activist obstacles that she faced simply by wanting to listen to many different perspectives around the complex issue of treating children who experience gender distress.

When Badenoch wanted to listen to Keira Bell, a young woman who gave harrowing evidence about being given puberty blockers at 16, and having her breasts cut off at 20, civil servants in her department told Badenoch it would be “inappropriate to speak to Bell”.

She faced selective leaks by her department when she spoke with whistleblowers from Tavistock, and other concerned citizens.

There is, she says, a small minority of activists within her bureaucracy who “are the tail wagging the dog” while more senior department heads are too scared to challenge their own staff.

“A minister asking tricky questions can be stopped in their tracks by accusations of stoking ‘culture wars’,” she writes. …

Jacinta Price:

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is no follower of stubborn, entrenched orthodoxy. That orthodoxy ignores shocking levels of violence that Indigenous people inflict on one another, much of it, but not all of it, men against women and children. Condemning a racist remark at a footy game attracts more attention than the tragic death of an Indigenous child by an Indigenous parent. ­Exploring violence within Indigenous communities raises challenging cultural questions.

Price’s maiden speech 10 days ago was one for the ages. She traversed complex issues by searching for truth, not succumbing to platitudes. Price denounced pointless virtue-signalling, and demanded solutions — real change — to save Australia’s most vulnerable citizens from the nightmare of violence and terror. …

She took aim at large sections of the media that ignore the culture of ­violence within Indigenous communities, the deaths in jail of Indigenous people at the hands of other Indigenous people, and the causes of disproportionately high levels of incarceration: poor parenting, child abuse and neglect, poor school attendance, and unemployment.

“We spend days and weeks each year recognising Aboriginal Australia in many ways, in symbolic gestures that fail to push the needle one micromillimetre toward improving the lives of the most marginalised in any genuine way,” she said.

On the voice to parliament, Price challenged the Prime Minister to show how the voice will deliver practical outcomes rather than further divide Australians on the basis of their race. “I personally have had more than my fill of being symbolically recognised,” she said. “It would be far more dignifying if we were recognised and respected as individuals in our own right who are not simply defined by our racial heritage but by the content of our character.”

Price is in parliament because of the content of her character. Not gender quotas. Not racial favours. She has earned her place in parliament. Her character will ensure she rises above the mediocrity of the place. …

Follow the money:

Price confronts more than 30 years of obstruction from bureaucracies, activists and pusillanimous politicians.

When Price took aim last week at the “gravy train” of Indigenous activists who have been consulted uphill and down dale about Indigenous disadvantage, with no discernible change to the terror within Indigenous communities, she was accused of being offensive.

Notice how the left use the fear of being socially isolated or having made a social faux pas to steer people. Disagree with them? Then they call you “offensive” to imply that you have violated the social norms.

It’s nearly always complete BS. It just means they want you to change your mind, or at least to shut up. If you’re not getting called “offensive” and “racist” occasionally, then you’re not over the target.

hat-tip Stephen Neil