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Race Matters: Indigenous Australians and 'Our' Society
Race matters because racism remains. While Aboriginal people live in an unprecedented time of formal equality, their conditions in life are still starkly different from those of most other Australians. Prejudice and social marginalisation are still everyday experiences, despite official multicultural policies. And recognition of the rights of Australia’s indigenous people is still not forthcoming. This diverse collection of articles explores the double burden of racial discrimination and the denial of indigenous rights that Australian Aboriginal people continue to carry. It explores the way in which anti-racism can inadvertently deny the voiced of indigenous experience and status. Racism is revealed to exist not only in its crude contours, but in subtle manifestations, hidden in the paternalism of bureaucratic and social policies, in exoticism and even the defining of an Australian identity.