Not Racist, But …
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For the next edition of our Not Racist, But series, we’ll discuss racial bias in the criminal justice system – from policing and legal aid to jury selection and sentencing.
Indigenous Australians account for just 2% of our country’s overall population and more than a quarter of our adult prison population. How, specifically, is this a function of explicit and structural racism across various facets of our enforcement and justice systems? And how are all non-white Australians – especially those from refugee backgrounds – disadvantaged when interacting with police and with the courts?
In this discussion, host Santilla Chingaipe and the panel will explore how racial discrimination and bias play out on a daily and inter-generational basis in Australia. We’ll look at racial data collection, too, and how sensationalist media reporting can skew perception, politics and policy.
‘Celebrities and corporations spew forth “smash the patriarchy” and benefit financially from that. You want to talk about boards? I want to talk about how some women can’t get a job.’
Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. Chingaipe created and hosted the Africa Talks series in partnership with the Wheeler Centre, which explored perceptions about African-Australian identity, representation and politics. She also curated Australia’s first all-day, anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But.... Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics. She reports regularly for the Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations.
Fiona McLeod SC is senior counsel practising at the Victorian Bar in public and commercial law.
She is the Chair of the Accountability Round Table and formerly chair of Transparency International and the Open Government Forum.
Roxanne Moore is a Noongar woman and human rights lawyer from Margaret River in Western Australia. She is the Executive Officer for the National Peak Body on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS ).
Tamar Hopkins is the founding lawyer of FKCLC's Police Accountability Project and has been litigating, researching and writing in area of racial profiling and police accountability since 2006.
Are we evolving in our understanding of racial issues? How do questions of race intersect with questions of culture, representation and justice?
Curated by Santilla Chingaipe, Not Racist, But … explores race and racism in our culture, our history, our politics and our media.