Please stop focusing on my race

Please stop focusing on my race. By Jacinta Price.

Jacinta’s on the right

As an Australian with Warlpiri heritage, I would love to experience a day where my racial identity wasn’t brought into focus.

I would love not to be forced to feel singled out through superficial acknowledgments or alleged respect for nothing more than my racial heritage. This is tokenism writ large and paternalism of the highest order.

Those who are pushing this actually ingrain the racial stereotype that Australians of Aboriginal heritage think the same. Through what has now become the formula of public discourse towards Indigenous Australians, we are effectively robbed of individuality. We are not afforded individual freedom or respect based on our unique human capabilities.

The Voice will be controlled by Aboriginal activists, who are controlled by the left:

Nothing exemplifies this notion more than the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The dialogues that culminated in the statement were strategically held with invited-only, unelected individuals of Aboriginal heritage as well as a selection of non-Indigenous Australians.

The outcome seemed to be predetermined by Megan Davis and Noel Pearson, both individuals who have no cultural connection to Uluru itself. The use of Uluru as the backdrop has been the perfect campaign PR tool, as has the physical statement itself, adorned by desert art and the signatures of 250 unelected and hand-picked individuals.

Reliant on the goodwill of everyday Australians, proponents of the voice sell the Uluru statement to the Australian people with the racial – and incorrect – stereotype of uniform Indigenous groupthink. The 250 signatures representing individuals who make up 0.03 per cent of a population demographic are not a sound representation of that demographic. …

Follow the money:

Imposed on us is the victim narrative that sustains a multibillion-dollar industry that works in two ways: to justify its existence, and to discourage and disparage anyone who seeks to call it into question. The referendum asks Australians to enshrine this industry and narrative into our Constitution. …

The usual hypocrisy:

We teach our children that emotional blackmail and name calling is unhealthy, and as adults in personal relationships these behaviours are characterised as coercive control. The voice to parliament debate has been captured by these tactics, which have been weaponised by proponents of the voice throughout debate. …

Whether we like it or not, racial discrimination (negative or positive) is still discrimination and enshrining it into our Constitution is enshrining discrimination.

Truth telling means providing detail, yet no such detail has been provided. Telling the truth is uncomfortable but weaponising the accusation of racism to stifle debate while ignoring real racism is undemocratic.

Colorblindness works for everyone, except the racists.