Former prime minister: A 'low, steady hum of racism' permeates Australia

Former prime minister: A ‘low, steady hum of racism’ permeates Australia

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Love him or hate him, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has long demonstrated a sincere frankness when it comes to racism and Indigenous issues in his home country.

Rudd returned to Sydney — he now resides in New York as President of the Asia Society Policy Institute—to speak of the “low, steady hum of racism” that remains in Australia at a Friday event commemorating a historic apology he delivered eight years ago to Australia’s Indigenous people for the “indignities” they faced since European settlement more than 200 years ago.

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A town called Whitesboro rethinks its seal showing a white man choking a Native American

A town called Whitesboro rethinks its seal showing a white man choking a Native American

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Residents of Whitesboro, a small town in upstate New York, will decide in the coming days if they’ll finally replace a controversial village seal that depicts a white settler strangling a Native American man.

“We want to just put an end to it once and for all,” Mayor Patrick O’Connor told WKTV. “Let the residents have the say about what seal they want to represent them and their home and their history.”

Historians in Whitesboro, a town of less than 4,000 people in Oneida County, have long said the seal that dates back to 1883 merely shows “a friendly wrestling match that helped foster good relations” between the town’s founder, Hugh White, and a member of the Oneida tribe — an “important event” in its settling Read more…

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