A photo of two Victorian men dressed up as Indigenous Australians for an “Aussie Icon” party has sparked a massive reaction online over the weekend, with Indigenous musicians Briggs and Thelma Plum labelling the men “scumbags” and “disgusting little boys
The photo, pictured below, was originally posted by Facebook user Sis Austin. Austin criticised the costume as "pure racism".
Austin says she copped online abuse and bullying for posting the photo, but said “I don’t care how many friends I lose” for “fighting for what is right.”
“We must not be blinded to the racism in this country, and remember, observers are equally as disgusting as the offenders themselves,” Austin said.
After sharing the post to his public page, rapper Briggs started replying to commenters who defended the photo. One commenter said “#GetOverIt”; others called Briggs “an out spoken [sic] asshole”, and a “petrol sniffer”. Briggs replied and posted screenshots of some commenters’ workplaces in response.
Today Briggs told Hack it's disappointing to have to explain what's wrong with the photo
It’s 2016 and in Australia you still have to explain to people why blackface is racist."
Indigenous musician Thelma Plum shared the post too - and replied to a comment that also defended the photo.
“I have put up with casual racism and racist "jokes" my whole life. I'm tired of it. And I'm sad. I'm so sad. Is there no way at all that you could see this from my point of view and think "oh well maybe because Aboriginal people (and the majority of the world) think blackface is wrong I probably shouldn't do it/defend it.”
Briggs said views from one commenter, who says he’s a social worker for at risk youth, got him especially fired up.
“The thing is, being a social worker, that’s a contamination risk, he shouldn’t be looking after any kids."
“This isn’t just for show. It’s not my job to educate everyone about racism. that’s the usual response I get, ‘well you know why don’t you take the time to educate them’ - they’re grown men who can educate themselves,” Briggs tells Hack.
Briggs says calling out racism on social media can have complex repercussions, but it ultimately makes people accountable for the actions
]People look at me like it’s my problem. Like pointing out racism is worse than the act itself. Saying ‘that’s racist’ creates more drama than the actual blackface situation.
“Every now and then, it’s okay for me to make an example out of some of these racists, or people who harbour these racist views.
"[Blakface] dehumanises, and it creates a mockery of someone's culture...To them it’s a laugh.
“So much of this goes unaccounted for…the average person on the street doesn’t want confrontation.
“People behave differently online because there’s no repercussions or accountability. Whereas I’m saying, there can be.
The Original article was posted by ABC and article can be found here: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/briggs-calls-out-blackface-photo/7129830
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