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White lies




In the Fiona Katauskas cartoon, students wait at the bus stop. One student says, 'Today I learnt that the truth can upset people and white lies are just fine.' Another student replies, 'A lesson from the playground?' The first student says, 'No, Australian history.'



Fiona KatauskasFiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

Topic tags: Fiona Katauskas, Australian history, whitewash, Blak history, education, NAIDOC week



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History is the present (E L Doctorow)

Pam | 07 July 2021  

‘Both parents must be carriers of the mutated MC1R gene to be able to produce redhead offspring, of which there is a 25% chance if they don't have red hair themselves. Less than 2% of the world's population have red hair. That's approximately 140 million people. Scotland boasts the highest percentage of natural redheads, with 13% (40% might carry the gene there) while Ireland comes in second with 10%’ (Cosmopolitan online). Ergo, while it is suppressed racism that the white male is the one reading a schoolbook (which explains why whites have all the jobs while the blacks and browns are good at singing and swaying their bodies), the saving grace (grace being a feature of Christian thinking) is that at least it is a Celt underdog with the book and not a super white privileged Englishman. The white woman, of course, is occupied with a trinket while the other white male is memorising through earbuds the notations of Goldberg Variations to be played the following week from memory.

roy chen yee | 09 July 2021