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characters Am I Black Enough For You? 109 · I'm Aboriginal I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to beWhat does it mean to be Aboriginal Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity Anita Heiss successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of centI'm Aboriginal I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to beWhat does it mean to be Aboriginal Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity Anita Heiss successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school She is Aboriginal however this does not mean. I'm hoping this book makes it into every library in the country From the title I was expecting a kinda kick to the pants heck I'd gotten sick enough of the racism of my upbringing the privilege of my white life that I figured I might just deserve it But Heiss disarmed me on the very first page She made the political personal she showed the effects of racist comments by Andrew Bolt followers on her family particularly her mother And she allowed this book to be the gentle memoir of a woman growing up a concrete Koori in Australia exercising her Westfield Dreaming and writing 'choc lit' She also managed to correct some common mostly white misconceptions offer the beginnings of an education I was embarrassed to find I hadn't realised the Government was trying to change the anti discrimination laws in order to execute its recent Stolen Generation Mark 20 ie the Northern Territory intervention Note to the government if you're thinking about changing anti discrimation laws in order to execute a course of action against one particular group of Australians well don't It's just really obviously wrong isn't it I'm trying to think of a situation where it may not be wrong I can'tAs Heiss described her journey towards political activism I felt my own activism growing I moved from passive to active support of reconciliation reparation reading this book Plus Heiss made me think it was possible to say that I am white often uite ignorant but I'm willing to learn And if I ever come out with some patronising comment about reconciliation beginning with everyone 'hugging an Aboriginal woman today' I am assured she will correct me with compassion care LOL

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Thers in charging a newspaper columnist with breaching the Racial Discrimination Act He was found guilty and the repercussions continueIn this deeply personal memoir told in her distinctive wry style Anita Heiss gives a first hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father and explains the development of her activist consciousness Read her story and ask what does it take for someone to be black enough for you. Everyone should read this That is all

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Am I Black Enough For YouShe likes to go barefoot and please don't ask her to camp in the desertAfter years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with being too 'fair skinned' to be an Australian Aboriginal Such accusations led to Anita's involvement in one of the most important and sensational Australian legal decisions of the 21st century when she joined o. ‘What does it mean to be Aboriginal’I’ve had a copy of this book sitting on my desk for a while A comment on my review of another book by a fellow reviewer prompted me to read it Thank you LisaNow I have read it I’m annoyed with myself for not reading it sooner Anita Heiss was one of nine Aboriginal people who sued Andrew Bolt I was vaguely aware of the legal case over two articles he published in 2009 entitled ‘It's so hip to be black’ and ‘White fellas in the black’ but I hadn’t really focussed on the impact of those articles I was pleased when Andrew Bolt was found to have breached the Racial Discrimination Act in 2011 but didn’t explore it further And now I haveThis book is Anita Heiss’s memoir on identity It’s a considered thoughtful and at times humorous account of her life and of the impact other people’s definitions of identity can have It uestions the stereotypes many of us have grown up with and makes it very clear that identity is both individual and complex‘The past is always with me as a reminder of who I am where I have come from why I am here and why I do what I do in my career’I’ve been reading uite a few books recently about history and identity I’m acutely conscious that what I was taught in school in Tasmania about there no longer being any ‘full blood’ Aboriginal Tasmanians is wrong I’m aware that what I was taught was based largely on notions of blood uantum ‘Throughout the western world there were and are government definitions of Aborigines based on a caste system defined by blood uantum half caste uarter caste full blood uadroon These definitions are used as a means of watering down and eliminating Aboriginal peoples in Australia’Indeed What on earth does ‘full blood’ mean How does blood define identity any than skin colour does How we identify and who we identify with can be complex And it is not up to newspaper columnists or anyone else to decide on behalf of others which groups they should belong to‘I know that I am who I am as Anita Marianne Heiss because of the home life I had as a child teenager and grown woman’If you haven’t read this book I recommend it Me I’m off to read some of Anita Heiss’s other booksJennifer Cameron Smith