Proud Indigenous dads are countering The Australian’s ‘racist’ cartoon 3



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Indigenous fathers and their families have responded to an “offensive and racist” cartoon by Bill Leak published in The Australian newspaper on Thursday, using social media to share photos and memories of their family life.

Mr Leak’s cartoon, published last week, portrayed an Aboriginal man holding a beer can and not remembering his son’s name, while an Indigenous police officer holds his son by his collar.

The cartoon, painful as it was, turned into an affirmative moment on social media. Indigenous Australians have posted their own photos to Twitter of real and positive experiences of fatherhood using the hashtag #IndigenousDads.

The newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Paul Whittaker, defended its decision to publish the cartoon and praised Mr Leak for bringing confronting issues to light.

“Too often, too many people skirt around the root causes and tough issues,” Mr Whittaker said in a statement.

Mr Leak himself called his critics “sanctimonious Tweety Birds having a tantrum”.

Users challenged the stereotype shown in Mr Leak’s cartoon with photos and memories of love and dedication, and pride in Aboriginal culture.

Here are some of the tweets:

Loving, supportive and wise. From the barrage of tweets, it’s clear the message #IndigenousDads wants to convey – Indigenous fathers are all those things, and more.

What do you think about this social movement?

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  2. Unfortunately, those to whom the cartoon was pointed are in the MAJORITY!

    Aboriginals’ don’t have a good history of ‘family care’.

    It’s up to them to get their act together, by ditching the grog, drugs, cigs, & DV, to prove they can do it.
    Many can’t , & won’t, meet that challenge.

  3. There are rotten apples in every barrel – and some barrels are nearly full of them!

    The kids are incarcerated for criminal acts – yet are being treated as victims.

    If they had decent role models to start with and were disciplined as very young children, they may not have ended up where they are.

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