PRO­VID­ING PER­SPEC­TIVE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

THERE is no bet­ter show on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion for giv­ing an un­fil­tered, first­per­son rep­re­sen­ta­tion of marginalis­ed groups in Aus­tralia. Tonight’s episode fea­tures African Aus­tralians – from sev­eral coun­tries and so­cio-eco­nomic back­grounds – us­ing their myr­iad voices to tackle some of the myths and prejudices which con­tinue to be thrown at them. The first ques­tion is a doozy and truly makes you won­der how some still have a Na­tional Geo­graphicin­spired per­spec­tive on peo­ple from the 54 coun­tries of the vast African con­ti­nent. “Do you grow up in a hut?” While a cou­ple of the re­spon­dents did in­deed live in those cir­cum­stances, most of the peo­ple in­ter­viewed spent their child­hoods in the sub­urbs of ma­jor cities in coun­tries such as Kenya and Zim­babwe. It is heartbreak­ing to hear how war has forced so many peo­ple to flee coun­tries such as South Su­dan or Ethiopia, to leave their homes and fam­i­lies in the quest for survival. And yes, the pro­gram gets to the “gang” ques­tion but the issue which is the most press­ing of these times in Aus­tralia is the dom­i­nant thread through the pro­gram. “Is racism re­ally that bad?” From the em­phatic “Yes it is”, to the bal­anced “Yes and no” to the ex­pe­ri­ence of it in “pockets” of our society, it is un­de­ni­able these amaz­ing peo­ple have had to suf­fer the ig­no­rant scourge of this prej­u­dice whether they were born here or im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia.

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