Highlighting the manifestations of Lateral Violence that are fueled by negative stereotypes within mainstream societies. This morning I awoke to this, all too common question, posted on my facebook page. Please see below the question and our response:

Why is a white kid wearing a aboriginal shirt? Posted 10 hours ago via Facebook

Looks based on stereotypes can be very deceiving.

This ‘white kid’ wearing an ‘aboriginal shirt’ is in fact a proud young Eastern Aranda, Luritja, Ngarrindjeri and Barngala warrior who also happens to be a product of the Stolen Generations.

Identity is one of the main issues that comes under attack when Lateral Violence is left to continue the negative perpetuations of the past colonisation policies and principles. Aboriginality is not defined by the colour of our skin.

Lets hope that through sharing and caring during the ‘Decade of Lateral Love around the World 2012 – 2022’ we can ALL pave the way for strong young warriors like ours, to not have to contend with the identity issue we continue to face today.

Yours in Unity through Lateral Love & Spirit of Care for all Humankind, Brian Butler & The Lateral Love Team

About Lateral Love® Australia

Lateral Love® Australia Lateral Love® Australia is devoted to bringing lateral violence, particularly for Aboriginal & Islander (including the Torres Strait) Peoples of Australia, into the public arena. Lateral Love® Australia aims to share truthful information about the history of Australia, highlighting the deliberate impact of colonization, and the damage made to the Human Spirit regardless of race due the manifestations of lateral violence. William Brian Butler & his niece Nicola Butler are the individuals behind the "Lateral Love® & Spirit of Care for all Humankind 2012 - 2022 Campaign". This campaign is a product of the culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler creating an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well being for all Aboriginal and Islander peoples in this country.
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