ACRAWSA Statement on Invasion Day 2018

The Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association executive recognizes that the 26th of January is a day of mourning for the First Nations People of these lands. The marking of Australia Day on the day on which Aboriginal lands were invaded by those who were to colonise them, imposing racial rule and white supremacy, the legacy of which is ongoing to this day, is deeply insulting to First Nations people.

As a scholarly organization committed to the critical analysis of race and whiteness in Australia and to First Nations sovereignty, we extend our condolences to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be marking the day in commemoration and remembrance and renewing our commitment to participate in whatever ways we can to the dismantling of white supremacy.

Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at the Western Sydney University. She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies. Her latest books are Racism and Sociology (with Wulf D. Hund 2014) and The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Gavan Titley, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice.

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  1. Hi Alana,
    My name is Josephine Crawshaw and I am the Co-Chair of the Statement from the Heart Working Group, known as The Uluru Statement from the Heart. We are the elected representatives from the 260 First Nations Peoples who met at Uluru. We are unfounded and work in a voluntary capacity.
    I have never heard of your association but was buoyed by your article on the plight of us and refugees and your 2018 Invasion Day Statement. I would like the opportunity to speak with you personally by phone to explore the potential of a collaboratively alliance.

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