On 26th January 2015 a group of non-First Nations people attempted to show people celebrating Australia Day the reality of what they’re doing: celebrating the ongoing genocide of First Nations people. We went dressed in Australian flag paraphernalia, and gave out free cupcakes to Australia Day revellers in Brisbane.
The cupcakes were white on the outside (white liners, white icing), and red in the centre, there was a small paper Australian flag on top, with red syrup drizzled around it. There was a small piece of paper with “Genocide: it Tastes Better Whitewashed” written on it.
We invited people to confront what they are doing when they “bite into” Australia Day. A day that represents the beginning of genocide of First Nations people in so-called Australia, a day that celebrates the destruction of land, stories, traditions, languages, songs, ways of being, that have existed for tens of thousands of years. This is what the 26th January is, it is nothing else. No pride in genocide.
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