Posts Tagged ‘closing the gap’
Honestly i cannot F*%&^king believe this? i apologise for my language!! I’ve had enough of this S**T!
Tonight i saw a WHITE Generation.one CEO standing on TV saying “oh we sacked the agency that dealt with her & unfortunately aboriginal people have taken offense to it?”
WTF?? to me it’s a damn given pal, someone probably the WHITE CEO on tv would have said to the advertising agency “Out of the 50 photos you gave us, these 5 are dark enough for the role we are trying to portray“.
They said she’s wasn’t dark enough for the role?
Really underneath their skin they were saying – “She’s NOT BLACK enough” and its pathetic that generation one throws it of on the agency. A generation.one staff member should have been at the castings then, and to top it off they would of had the final word so stand up and face it.
It’s a perfect example of what aboriginalaus.com stands for, why white people running aboriginal business, causes and alike doesn’t work. You can’t and never will know what we are feeling, what we’ve been through, what anger we feel, what its like to be aboriginal people everyday.
As we at aboriginal australia online say we run our own businesses, we run our own causes. Aboriginal people can and should work with ourselves, end of story!
Hear these radio interview clips
- Audio: Extended interview: Tarran Betterridge speaks with Hack reporter John Barrington (ABC News)
- Audio: Extended interview: Tim Gartrell speaks with 666 presenter Ross Solly. (ABC News)
- Related Link: Unleashed: I am a Wiradjuri woman … but too white to work
Now listen to Generation One back pedal
Indigenous advocacy group Generation One has apologized to an Aboriginal woman who says her job application was turned down because her skin was not dark enough.
Tarran Betterridge told triple J’s Hack that she applied for a job handing out pamphlets for the organization, but was told by ACT recruiting firm Epic Promotions that she did not look Indigenous enough for the role. Generation One was launched this year with the aim of ending Indigenous disadvantage. Chief executive Tim Gartrell says Generation One has severed ties with Epic Promotions.
“It’s not just embarrassing. It’s been hurtful to Tarran. It goes totally against what Generation One is all about. We were shocked and appalled when we heard this” he said. “Epic Promotions will no longer provide any services to us.”
Mr Gartrell says Generation One gave no directive for recruitment firms to hire people with Indigenous appearance.
“It’s correct that we asked for people of Indigenous heritage to work for us and with us. We have Indigenous people on our permanent staff. We encourage Indigenous people to be on our casual staff. We encourage companies who are doing recruitment activity to hire Indigenous staff” he said.
“That’s what Generation One is all about. We’re about Indigenous and non-Indigenous people coming together to end the disparity. “At no point did we issue directives asking for Indigenous people who look Indigenous, that is offensive. That is totally against what we stand for and we would not do that.”
Ms Betterridge says she felt the organization discriminated against her.
“I just think it’s unbelievable. I think the first thing we need to do before closing the gap is understand who Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are in this country” she said.
“I think before we can close the gap we need to understand that, because it’s obviously a major issue with people understanding … what we look like.” She says the organization needs to recognize disadvantage for all Indigenous Australians.
“Closing the gap within one generation seems like a perfect ideal, it’s what we need in this country, but after being told about the color of my skin, I just feel that maybe it’s a corporation that’s looking to close the gap for those that look Indigenous” she said.
“It’s not really looking at the broader perspective that Aboriginal people in Australia don’t necessarily look Aboriginal.”
Mr Gartrell has apologized to the University of Canberra student. “I unreservedly apologise to Tarran about what’s gone on” he said. “We’d be more than happy to talk to her about opportunity. Tarran is a great young person. She’s an Indigenous success story. We’re just really sad and disappointed that it’s come to this.”
Our last words?
I think Mr Gartrell is sad that he’s just dropped the cat out of the bag, it’s hard to be a successful business when ya just made an enemy of every single aboriginal person whom your apparently running the cause for?