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The West Australian blasted over racist Indigenous cartoon
The term "Aborigine" is NOT offensive. It is the normal term for Australian blacks and is Latin for "from the beginning" -- so recognizes their priority.
And "Abo" is simply an abbreviation. Australians are great abbreviators so "Abo" is a normal abbreviation with no offensive intentions
It is however true that some Leftists have recently pushed the Canadian term "First peoples" as an alternstive term. Ironic that the term Aborigine says the same thing in Latin
And some Aborigines use their tribal name as an identification (Murri", Boori" etc.) But such names are too specific to be generally useful. "Boong" appears to have originally been a tribal name but is now a derogatory name for Aborigines generally
The West Australian newspaper is copping backlash after publishing a cartoon that refers to an Indigenous character using an offensive racial slur and compares them to a dog.
The Modesty Blaise comic, published yesterday, shows characters discussing an Indigenous tracker who is trying to find them.
One character says they are being chased by “four men, all armed ... and an Aborigine” — a term some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people find offensive.
The characters go on to describe the Indigenous character as an “abo tracker”.
“It’s no use hiding, that abo will smell us out quicker than a bloodhound,” a character says in the comic.
The publication is being blasted on social media with many labelling it “disgusting”.
“Just wondering how many people were involved in the chain of decision making, to allow this cartoon to be printed in the @westaustralian newspaper in 2020?” asked radio and television presenter Shelley Ware.
“I’m literally devastated this has been printed and our children have access to this. Honestly wish I was surprised though!!”
Late on Monday evening, The West Australian published an apology to its website stating the cartoon was written in 1981 and was supplied by an outside agency.
By JR on Saturday, July 04, 2020
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