Have Australians in India been abandoned because people of colour are seen as ‘less’ Australian?

Fri, 14 May 2021 06:28:52 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Government ministers have insisted that protecting the public health of
Australians was the foremost consideration behind its decision. And perhaps
that is true, that consciously, our leaders made a snap decision in the best
interest of those of us here; to keep our Covid situation under control and our
domestic economy moving. So far, the overwhelming majority of Australians have
backed their leaders in making the tough calls, including shutting state
borders on each other.

But it’s the different approach between how our government has responded to a
surge in cases in India versus previous surges in predominantly Anglo-Saxon
nations that has brought attention to our unconscious biases.

Many of us are conditioned to see people of colour as less Australian. We
understand in this country, from quite an early age, how to define “Australian”
and “Other”. In fact, it was spelt out for us in the white Australia policy 120
years ago."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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