Elizabeth Wymarra was feeling great as she helped with the marshalling in Sydney’s Invasion Day protest on January 26.
“I was absolutely 100 per cent happy that so many people were coming together in solidarity,” the Indigenous author and activist tells Mamamia.
She thought it was “amazing” to see to see so many non-Indigenous people at the protest.
“I feel we’re not alone anymore. There are so many non-Indigenous people that are supportive and coming from a really good place. I absolutely love it.
“That’s why it’s so hurtful when panels like Studio 10 do what they did.”
On Studio 10 yesterday, Kerri-Anne Kennerley made comments about the Invasion Day protesters that made headlines.
“Has any single one of those people been out to the Outback, where children, babies, five year olds are being raped?” Kennerley asked. “Their mothers are being raped, their sisters are being raped. They get no education. What have you done?”
Her comments led to fellow panellist Yumi Stynes telling her she was “sounding quite racist”, a label that Kennerley strongly rejected.
— Studio 10 (@Studio10au) January 27, 2019
Wymarra says Kennerley’s comments were “so culturally inappropriate it’s not funny”.
“She doesn’t get to decide whether that comment was racist,” Wymarra says. “I get to decide because I’m the one offended by it and I decide that it’s racist and I’m offended and she needs to apologise.
“Yumi did a good job. She called out the racism like we expect all good allies to do.”