Monday, April 12, 2010

The Problem of Racist Christian White Het Male-Centrism. NEEDED: Indigenous-Run Social Services!

[Australian anti-racism poster is from here]

I speak often about the problems, if not the atrocities, committed by and within WHM Surpremacist societies, against women of all ethnicities and sexualities, and against men of color also. These values, worldviews, practices, abuses, forms of discrimination, violations, and components of gynocide and genocide are innumerable. This blog attempts to gather together some of the elements, to bring into focus that larger picture: this is who is in control of the crimes--Christian white het men. This is who suffers because they are in control: everyone else. More evidence follows...

What follows is from *here* @ ABC News (Australian, not "American") found via the inteligentaindigena novajoservo blog. Thank you to The Angry Indian for your comprehensive news service.

Call to review services for Indigenous Queenslanders

By Emma Pollard
Posted 5 hours 50 minutes ago
A study has found major gaps in drug and alcohol support services for Indigenous people in Queensland despite increases in spending.

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee found funding for Indigenous services increased by 110 per cent between 2000 and 2007.

The committee has released a snapshot of services available in the 2006-07 financial year, which shows the focus on support for Indigenous people in rural and remote communities has come at the expense of those in some metropolitan areas.

But report author Professor Dennis Gray says many Indigenous people are still missing out on help, especially in big cities.

"A lot of research tells us that people don't access those mainstream services," he said.

He highlighted the lack of services in Brisbane and south-west Queensland.

Professor Gray says governments need to address inequalities.

"There's a large concentration of Indigenous people in Brisbane and relative to other areas they're under-serviced," he said.

The report makes 23 recommendations, emphasising the need for specific programs for women, young people and those with mental illness.

It also calls for more recurrent funding for Indigenous-run organisations as many close down because they are only given one-off grants.

Indigenous health advocate, Associate Professor Gracelyn Smallwood, says the most successful programs are Indigenous-run.

"Non-Indigenous organisations - with all due respect, so genuine many can be - it's time those funding and resources come from a bottom-up approach to Aboriginal and Islander organisations," she said.

Professor Smallwood says funding needs to be directed to Indigenous-run drug and alcohol support groups.
"Most detox and rehab programs are based from a western Christian perspective with the AA [Alcoholics Anonymous] program," she said.

"We have to get away from that and if you have a look at the programs that have been successful in other colonised countries of the world, they're community-based, extremely culturally appropriate."

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