Loving, supportive and wise. Indigenous fathers are all those things, and more.
That’s the message of the hashtag #IndigenousDads, which has been trending on Australian Twitter in the wake of an offensive cartoon published Thursday in The Australian newspaper.
The images of Aboriginal Australian fathers are a powerful rejection of the picture created by cartoonist Bill Leak, who was immediately accused of being racist and indulging in stereotypes. Accusations that have been levelled at Leak before.
On the heels of the Don Dale revelations, where the severe mistreatment of young people in a largely Indigenous juvenile detention centre in Darwin were revealed to a horrified public, the cartoon implies parental neglect is to blame for their incarceration. Read more…