Today, Scott Morrison proclaimed that “we are all Victorians”. On the other side of a closed border, visceral lockdowns and putrid politics, I feel that might be a bit of a stretch.
The subjugation of black lives has not evolved since settlement. But it is not our behaviour that needs to change. Ignoring this fact is a choice.
Scott Morrison may have gone viral after he marginalised the concerns of pregnant women, but it is his androcentric approach to COVID-19 that is far more telling.
The police wilfully targeting the press during the riots is not an attack on free speech, they’re attacking the core ideals of America itself.
As we take our first tentative steps towards returning to a life post-lockdown, it is no time to relax our recently acquired behaviours. Be excellent in all things – and best to avoid other human beings.
As racial violence splits America, I’m reminded of the riots of the sixties, the inflammatory language used and a grim pattern, doomed to repeat.