Speech on racism in Australia hailed as ‘Martin Luther King moment’
A speech by a veteran Australian journalist has gone viral after being hailed as a powerful moment of reckoning for Australia’s treatment of its Indigenous people.
Stan Grant, a Wiradjuri man, gave the address at an IQ2 debate series held by the Ethics Centre in Sydney that questioned whether racism is destroying the Australian dream. Although the event was held in October, 2015, the video was only recently posted online and quickly captured the country’s attention.
In the speech, which came days before Australia Day on Jan., 26, a public holiday that commemorates the founding of the Australian colony, Grant condemned the “Australian dream” as a notion rooted in racism. “Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free,” he said, reciting the national anthem. “My people die young in this country, by 10 years younger than average Australians, and we are far from free.” Read more…