Community development worker/activist and writer
Arabs, Activism, Racism and the Media
In the hierarchy of human rights, whose rights are valued and
whose are denied depends entirely upon the universal application
of the double standard. Why are some groups valued above others?
How do we confront this absolute racism where the struggle for
self-determination, both in the local and the international context
is flagrantly pushed aside.
The portrayal of Arabs has improved little in this supposedly
correct era of representation and anti discrimination laws and
strategies. The same pathetic stereotypes are still pulled from
the racist imaginary and disseminated for popular consumption.
Thus, from premiers to police commissioners, media commentators
to so called peace makers, human rights, justice issues, racial
profiling and who has the right to speak remain a bitterly contested
site for Arab Australians.
Paula Abood is a community development worker/activist and writer.
She has worked with immigrant and refugee women in a diversity
of settings for the past thirteen years, currently focusing on
community cultural development. She has written for performance
and radio as well as being a founding editor of Xtext journal.Works
include Gibran Khalil Gibran (1999), Tomorrow there will be Apricots
(1998), and the politics of belly dancing (1994).
30 min paper