This open letter to Annabel Crabb was written by Su Dharmapala in response to an episode of Kitchen Cabinet.
Su said "I would really appreciate it if you amplify this message so that I can have some kind of dialogue with Annabel"
I asked Su if I could share her letter here so that it might reach people who don't use X (formerly Twitter) or Facebook.
Su kindly agreed.
Dear Annabel, I know you probably get thousands of emails on any given day. Some, full of hate and abuse, and probably others that are nice and complimentary. This will be neither. You need to know that this is the first time I have ever been tempted to reach out to a journalist to express my deep horror about anything. And your commentary that Peter Dutton has 'muscular' politics that is affronting to people has truly driven me to a state of despair- both as a woman of colour and as a mother of son who has been on the receiving end of racism in this country. Just for clarity - my name is Su Dharmapala and I am both an author and a start-up founder. I came to Australia on 21 November in 1989 at the age of 15 with my family from Singapore. I am ethnic Singahalese but was born and raised between Singapore and Sri Lanka before I immigrated to Australia. I was in Sri Lanka during the 1983 Black July riots and I have seen first hand what inter racial violence can lead to.
Su's original post and the responses can be accessed:
A couple of personal comments:
We need to call out racism everywhere, and particularly when it's gifted a platform on the national broadcaster.
Our families, friends and communities are endangered when intolerance and "muscular" brutality is amplified, normalised and sanitised.
As a result, racists feel empowered, especially when the damage and danger it encourages and unleashes is minimised or ignored, in the name of balance.
Democracy In Colour offers a range of bespoke workshops for organisations and as interventions in key moments in society – such as bystander intervention trainings, anti racism at work and more.