In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media.
His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australian and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an indigenous man. ‘We are the detritus of the brutality of the Australian frontier’, he wrote, ‘We remained a reminder of what was lost, what was taken, what was destroyed to scaffold the building of this nation’s prosperity.’
Stan Grant is an Indigenous man who’s become one of our leading journalists. He spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia.
His upcoming book Talking To My Country is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country.
Articles by Stan Grant
The Guardian Online, 30 July 2015:
I can tell you how Adam Goodes feels. Every Indigenous person has felt it.
The Guardian Online, 21 September 2015:
Adam Goodes showed us the festering sores of Australia’s history can rip open at any moment
Article about Stan Grant
The Sydney Morning Herald Online, 18 July 2015:
Two of Us: Tracey Holmes and Stan Grant (Interview by Stephen Lacey)
Talking To My Country
It is not just about race, or about indigenous people but all of us, our shared identity. Direct, honest and forthright, Stan is talking to us all.
He might not have all the answers but he wants us to keep on asking the question: how can we be better?