@ Josh Davis. Good point Josh Davis, as you say, …

Comment on Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue by Wayne Maclean.

@ Josh Davis. Good point Josh Davis, as you say, “Indigenous Australians only make up around 2% of Australia’s total population, so making up 20% of the deaths in custody is staggering.” This is terrible. However it is statistically incorrect to compare the 20% deaths in Custody to the 2% of Australia’s population, because the whole population of Australia is not in custody. (I made this mistake as well approximately two weeks ago. Thank you for correcting me M.)
Sadly indigenous Australians make up approximately 28% of the persons in custody!! To be statistically correct you must compare the indigenous 28 % of the prison population to 20% of deaths in prison of indigenous people. This means if you are indigenous person in prison you are LESS likely to die than non-indigenous person.
This is why the National Deaths in Custody Program report https://aic.gov.au/publications/sr/sr21 as initiated by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, compare rates per 100 of people in custody. Please read the report for unbiased information.

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Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
@ Josh Davis: On your last post you said “I can understand your thoughts on the statistics,” so that implies you agree with me that an Indigenous persons in prison is LESS likely to die than a non-indigenous person.
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody did not have the benefit of the National Deaths in Custody Program reports.
That came after, as it was initiated by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody itself.
Yes I agree with you, Indigenous persons are arrested and jailed at disproportionate rates. This is one of the real issues.
I believe that Australia has economically incentivised crime. The middle class Australians are struggling financially and the lowest income class is disillusioned.
If you are in the lowest income group and have alcohol and or substance addictions petty crime is way of supporting those addictions and jail is a poor man’s “rehab clinic”.
Josh, you talk about harrowing stories painting a disgusting picture of police neglect.
In 2017-2018 as per the facts in the NDICP report starting on page 11, there were three deaths of indigenous persons in police custody for all of Australia and none in the Northern Territory.
One of the deaths was recorded as natural.
Compare this to the amount of harrowing stories and terrible violet injuries that present at the Alice Springs hospital every day and the death from drink driving and payback. The two “accidental” Indigenous deaths in police custody for the whole of Australia, pale into a very small percentage of indigenous harm.
@ Ralph Folds: I agree with you culture is an issue. The demand share culture worked when, people were fully engaged in a traditional hunter gather lifestyle but completely fails in present day Indigenous groups that have low employment and high alcohol and substance addictions.
There is so much misinformation about the real issues. The mainstream media’s practice of focusing on social division to create a sensational emotional stories that increase viewer / reader numbers, is also part of the problem.
If all black lives matter, people need to respectfully talk about the real issues and then find a better way.

Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
I believe it was the indigenous leader Vincent Forrester [ED– It was actually Jody Kopp, as reported] at the rally who emphasised the importance of education, well done this is so important, I could not agree more. When are we going to have more indigenous teachers teaching in the remote communities? When are we going to incorporate some of the indigenous knowledge into the curriculum. Like knowledge and skills of bush tracking, finding bush foods, cultural stories and dance?
Black lives do matter, absolutely true. All lives matter, absolutely true. Why argue about two truths?
The important issue is people should not die unnecessarily. All Australians should work towards this, instead of arguing about two truths.
Now for the facts as I know it.

The Australian Institute of Criminology has coordinated the National Deaths in Custody Program (NDICP) since its establishment in 1992, the result of a recommendation made by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody the previous year.

The latest report was published 20/02/2020. Here is the link to this report. https://aic.gov.au/publications/sr/sr21

I have read the entire report. There is a lot of other detail and data back to 1980, in the report, so if you do not have a lot of time, look at “Indigenous Status” starting on page 3 and Tables C4 and C5 starting on page 31.

It clearly demonstrates that more Non indigenous Australians die in custody than indigenous Australians. It also shows the rate of deaths per 100 prisoners for non-indigenous is consistently higher than indigenous since 2003.

Finally in my humble opinion the death rate of all people in custody in Australia is very low. It is less than 0.2%. This death rate also includes, natural deaths like heart attack, stroke and cancer. I know the police and jail officers are not perfect in the area of racial prejudice. There are some people not suited for the position. Their job is one of the toughest in Australia and I am so impressed they do an amazing job.

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Thank you Mike as usual your words prompt much thought. Your images are often really beautiful. The image of “alates” looked almost angelical, but I did not know what “alates” really where. So I googled the word. To my surprise this is what I found!
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Now they do no look quite so angelic especially if they are around my house.

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