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EDITORIAL | Celebrating culture

Dean Lawson Editorial Nov 2017

Reading any worthwhile Australian history book provides a reminder that we Australians are a hodge-podge mix of people, cultures and backgrounds.
In fact, it’s much easier than that. All we really need to do is take a moment to absorb the human throng in any shopping centre to get a profound idea of what makes modern Australia tick.
We are part of a cultural melting pot where race, skin colour and the nationality of our ancestors are gaining, with each generation, a healthy degree of irrelevance.
Giving any value to well worn-out notions of race as a measuring stick for society is an illogical and divisive nonsense. It is also something we as Australians must continue to learn about and dismiss.
Yet, while making dedicated efforts to commit the ills of racism, bigotry and human division to the past, we must be careful to avoid, as the colloquial expression goes, throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
This is where the concept of culture separates from race. Many of us need almost two hands to list off our ancestors’ countries of origin and are all influenced by a mix of cultures.
Culture and the history of culture remain important elements of society and when it comes to Australian history and culture we have a duty to preserve and an opportunity to celebrate its many forms.
NAIDOC Week, which runs from Sunday to July 15, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This ancient culture ties the people of today back to communities that existed thousands of years ago. Considering our broad ancestral mix and influence, it is part of all who call this continent home.
The week is a celebration of the oldest element under our cultural umbrella and when we consider a ‘people are people’ philosophy, has little to do with racial differences. All you need is a connection, and simply being Australian means you qualify.
We join with communities in celebrating NAIDOC Week and hope one day all Australians measure people as people and no longer use race as justification for any form of discrimination.

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