This is an important article for Australians who are outraged by US police murders of Black Americans, but are either unaware or indifferent to police murders of Black people at home. Since 1991, when the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody made its final report, more than 400 Indigenous people have died in custody and no one has ever been convicted. Many of the royal commission’s recommendations were either never implemented or the implementations are routinely ignored by police, with no consequences for them even when the outcomes are fatal. We should be just as angry about this, and call for change just as adamantly here, as we want to see in the US.
Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.