"I don't want to sit down." Last night, Meyne Wyatt delivered a 4-minute monologue we all need to listen to.

Warning: This article contains the name of an Indigenous person who has died. 

Former Neighbours actor Meyne Wyatt delivered a must-watch monologue to round out last night's powerful episode of Q&A about racism and injustice towards Indigenous Australians.

Pulled from his play City of Gold, Wyatt, a Wongutha-Yamatji man from Kalgoorlie, starred down the barrel of the camera and delivered his words. They were written a few years ago, which only further cements that this is not a 'now' problem spurred on by the current movement in United States, but something that has been happening for much, much longer.

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"You're not your ancestors, it's not your fault you have white skin," Wyatt said.

"But you do benefit from it. You can be okay. I have to be exceptional. I mess up, I'm done. There's no path back for me. There's no road to redemption."

He spoke about the microaggressions faced by him and every other Indigenous Australian.

"We've come forward, we’re progressive," he said.


"We're gonna give you that small, subtle shit - the shit that's always been there, but it's not the obvious in-your-face shit, it's that, 'oh, we can't be seen to be racist' kind of shit.

"Security guard following me around the store, asking to search my bag. That walking up to the counter first then being served second, or third, or last kind of shit. That hailing down a cab, watching it slow down to look at my face and drive off - more than once. More than twice. More than once, twice on any one occasion. Yeah, that shit I'll get weekly. Sometimes I'll get days in a row if I'm really lucky."


Wyatt said he didn't have the energy or the enthusiasm to call out these sorts of behaviours daily.

"It's not about that one time. It's about all those times, and seeing us as animals and not as people, that shit needs to stop.

"Black deaths in custody, that shit needs to stop.

"I want to be what I want to be. Never trade your authenticity for approval. Be crazy, take a risk, be different, offend your family, call them out.

"Silence is violence. Complacency is complicit," he said.

"I don't want to be quiet. I don't want to be humble. I don't want to sit down."


Earlier in the show, Wyatt told the panel he was sick of sitting down and being "the nice guy" while institutions killed Indigenous people.

"It's been continuous since Captain Cook landed on these shores. It's still happening. It's a denial of our existence," he said.

"We're demanding. We're demanding justice. And those protests in America - they're not protests, they're demanding it.

"There are riots and people are talking about order. Who cares about order if there's no justice? We want justice. I'm sick of talking about being in order - you know what? It doesn't work. Being peaceful - peaceful protests - don't work. You're never satisfied. You're never happy for what we do.

"I've got to sit here and be 'the nice guy'. I don't want to be the nice guy no more because no one listens to you. I'm sick of being this person, this 'animal'. I don't want to be an animal no more."

This week's panel also included actor and writer, Nakkiah Lui, lawyer and human rights advocate Nyadol Nyuon, Federal Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers and NSW Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg.


The episode began with a question from Leetona Dungay, whose 26-year-old son David Dungay died in custody in 2015, after being restrained, sedated and pinned down by five prison guards.

"David cried out 'I can't breathe' many times in the space of his last nine minutes," she told the panellists. 

"Despite over 430 Aboriginal deaths in custody since the Royal Commission, no police or prison officer has ever been held criminally liable. We know we have a long fight ahead to get justice.


"So, I'm asking the panel - will you join us to demand charges are laid on the people responsible for my son's death?"

Senator Bragg responded to say relations with police is a "very important issue", and "there are very bad examples and there are very good examples".

He said he was "going to commit myself to spend my time in parliament to work on these issues". 

Lui said the Black Lives Matter movement had been relevant in Australia since the moment it was colonised.

"We’re not asking for the world. We’re asking to live,” she said.

"And to be honest with you, [Senator Bragg] - yeah, we can say there's good police, there's bad police, but quite frankly, if people in positions of authority can't not kill a vulnerable person who’s locked up, then maybe we need to re-look at these institutions. A lot of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody weren't implemented. What you can do is listen to the families. They can tell you right now what they want. Listen to the families. The answer has been here all along.

"We need politicians to implement it. And you just haven't."

Nyuon said it was imperative non-Indigenous Australians listened to what the Indigenous community were telling them.


"Perhaps sit down and actually listen to the pain you are hearing here, to truly take it in, and to realise, sometimes, we might live in the same country but experience completely different realities."

You can watch Monday's full Q&A episode on ABC iview.

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If you have the means to do so, you can actively help the Black Lives Matter cause in Australia and the United States by donating to organisations working towards racial justice, such as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance and the Justice for David Dungay Fund to support the family of David Dungay Junior, an Aboriginal man who died in a Sydney jail. You can also donate to the Black Lives Matter Global Network here. If you can, consider regularly donating to Indigenous-run organisations and First Nations causes.Other active ways to help include signing petitions, attending peaceful protests, listening to BIPOC, raising their voices, educating yourself on racism and privilege and ensuring we are all taking part in the conversation to dismantle systemic racism.