We talk about Australia's Black Lives Matter protests against indigenous deaths in custody, and the responses of Australia's media and police.
Black lives matter
- Tens of thousands of Australians came out in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and to protest Indigenous deaths in custody
- There have been 432 indigenous deaths since 1990. Not a single police officer has been convicted.
- On the friday before people marched, another man died in prison in WA.
- Sydney police kettled and pepper sprayed peaceful protesters trying to get home.
- NSW Police Minister David Elliot called protestors “certifiably insane”. This is a man who thinks he would be okay with police stripsearching his own childen, and assaulted a 17 year old who clipped his Lexus.
- Police Commissioner Mick Fuller thinks crime will increase if young people don’t fear the police.
- During the week leading up to the protests, a Sydney cop kicked an Indigenous teenager without cause.
- Victorian Police were very interested in protecting their police station.
Channel 7 is a cop
- Channel 7 in an interview with Black Lives Matter said that Australia doesn’t have a history of police violence.
- Sunrise have repeatedly platformed Pauline Hanson, congratulated a mixed-race twin on looking white, and green-screened out a protest of their racism outside of their studio.
- Two Channel 7 journalists were attacked by police at a Washington DC protest, which has gotten Scott Morrison the closest he’s ever gotten to saying police violence is bad.
- Ketan Joshi has a great thread on twitter enumerating Channel 7’s many racist moments.
- ABC is getting in on the action too, talking about riots as non-political action.
Spinning tales of spitting threats
- In a now-edited article, the Age parroted an anonymous “government source” saying that that activists threatened police with spitting and other forms of physical confrontation.
- The article was eventually edited to focus on COVID risks, and the Age issued an apology.
- Noel Towell from the Age publishes an quoting the Liberal Party leader pre-blaming protestors for any spike in COVID rates.
- The Conversation asks “Why do protests turn violent”, that bends itself backwards to avoid saying “because police”.
- The Sydney Black Lives Matter protest was declared legal 15 minutes before it started.
- The Herald Sun wrings their hands in article calling protestors COVIDIOTS, while their jounalist reporting on site wears no PPE.
- Channel 9 gets owned for Copaganda.
- Natalie Wolf from news.com.au declares that police were “forced” to spay protestors.
- Jounalist use this passive voice to erase accountability from the police. Retired editor Paul Wiggins called out ABC Insiders host David Speers for his use of this language.
- Guggenheim museum released a Black Lives Matter statement while their first black curator called them out for institutional racism.