Thursday, March 04, 2004

Three weeks ago a 17 year old Aboriginal boy died in inner city Sydney (absolutely not the first time this has happened). He somehow flew off the bike he was riding and was impaled on a metal fence upright. The story is he was being chased by the police when it happened. After his death there were 24 hours of riots in the area he lived in, 36 police were injured, cars burnt, and the Railway station destroyed. The suburb is called Redfern and I lived there myself for much of the 1990's. It was the beginning of a new life for me, but for many of the young Aboriginal men who live there it is a struggle everyday. It is both a ghetto and a cultural sanctuary...the problems are many but that's the way it is in White dominated Australia is a little history of my time in The Fern

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