A segment of The Project in which Aboriginal Australians criticized the widespread reaction to the Queen’s death sparked a heated debate.
The 10-minute show, which aired Friday night, was led by Indigenous advocate Ben Abatangelo, who said at the outset, “There are so many things about the Queen’s death that don’t sit well with the Blackfellows.”
Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 9 at the age of 96, made headlines around the world.
Abatangelo said the much “positive” media coverage and footage of people “fainting” over “old friend Queen Lizzie” was “not surprising.”
“History is being rewritten in the hymn of whiteness,” he said.
A 10-minute segment that aired on the project Friday night was led by Indigenous advocate Ben Abatangelo, opening with the words, “There’s a lot about the death of the Queen that doesn’t sit well with the Blackfellows.” said.
Avatangelo, author of Gnaikurnai and Wojjobalk, said the “missing fact in fiction” was that the queen and the monarchy were “disempowered practices of colonialism for generations of indigenous peoples.” It represents the system,” he said.
The segment looks to reporters sitting with Indigenous leaders Meriki Onus and Celeste Riddle to gain insight into how the Queen’s death affected them and the wider Indigenous community. I got
“As Aboriginal people living in the colony, it was clear that we lived in a completely different reality than the rest of us here,” Onus said.
“This fanfare they put on this person so far from our reality is strange, really strange to watch.
“I find it a little insulting that people I thought were more understanding turned into monarchists out of nowhere.”
The segment turns to reporters seated with Indigenous leaders Meriki Onus (left) and Celeste Riddle (middle) about how the Queen’s death affected them and the wider Indigenous community. I got an insight into
Riddle suggested that public backlash against anyone who speaks out about the Queen or the monarchy has intensified since the Queen’s death.
“The moment you say something, you are drowned out and you get a call saying, ‘She did a lot,'” said Riddle.
A segment on Channel 10 included a clip of the monarchist emotionally praising the Queen and her life after news broke of the Queen’s death.
However, Riddle argued that the Queen should not be celebrated, stating that she was “a direct descendant of those who approved our confiscation.”
“She’s benefiting from it. This absurd notion that this one family has been bestowed with a gift from God to rule over all of us.”
“Slavery, confiscation, the resources they got – she is a direct representative of that system.
Indigenous leaders have suggested that public backlash against the Queen and anyone speaking out about the monarchy intensified after Her Majesty’s death.
“It seems almost silly to me that such a system could still exist and people are going to strengthen it so soon.”
The queen’s death created further tensions for Onus, who revealed in custody that her cousin’s funeral was held on the same day.
She said that while many Indigenous families struggled to pay for the services of their loved ones, the Queen’s ability to hold a multi-million dollar funeral was “lost to her.” I haven’t,” he said.
“It’s very instinctive to me that the person was able to officiate the funeral and my family and people were confiscated and the wealth was gained,” she said.
“And we have to find the money to bury someone killed at the hands of that system.”
After the segment ended, Abatangelo admitted that he still felt “lifted up” when a fellow panelist asked how the leader felt about hearing the story.
“It’s been a very clear few weeks,” he told the panel.
“It’s a real luxury to see the media and so many people endorse all whiteness by default.”
Co-host Hamish MacDonald asked how Abatangelo felt after seeing Australian leaders declare “God save the king.”
“That’s ridiculous, how does that make you feel?” Mr. Abatangelo replied.
After the segment ended, Abatangelo admitted he still feels ‘lifted up’ over the impact the Queen’s death has had on Indigenous communities
“We’re like, ‘Hey, we’re all messed up.’ Are you related?
His fellow panelists pointed to the fact that the change in monarchy would come as a “surprise” to many Australians 70 years later.
The entire segment is shared on the project’s social media accounts, but comments are noticeably turned off.
Instead, many shared their thoughts on their Twitter accounts, with many endorsing both the segment and the monarchy.
“Thank you for telling the truth,” said one.
“Important indication” and another write.
“Australian TV gets it,” tweeted a third.
Meanwhile, one Twitter user said it was “missing the target by many kilometers” and was “aggressive” to the Queen.
“I wonder why they blocked people from commenting. I’ve never seen so many fake dribbles in my life,” wrote another.