We shouldn’t have to wait for a political movement to …

Comment on Global statues controversy hits Alice Springs by Sue Fielding.

We shouldn’t have to wait for a political movement to get rid of the street names of oppressive and murderous white people, like Wilshire. Public debate in this town too often reflects racist bias and white privilege.
The suggestion to replace certain street names has been raised over and again.
It is usually shot down in flames by a loud and racist minority.
That is why Council must show leadership and put its egalitarian values behind egalitarian action. And if not, the question is: What is Council protecting in its refusal to budge?
As a non Indigenous person I am deeply ashamed for the actions of Wilshire and the many others like him. If Council does remove the honour of his name from the street, Council approves of Wilshire and what he stood for.
Come on ASTC! Lead so our town can progress, come together, engage in healing, and exchange real histories. There is no better time than now to step up to this.

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Come on Gunner, Wakefield. Come on Alice.

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