Lidia Thorpe, a Gunnai-Kurnai & Gunditjmara woman and former Greens MP appeared on Studio 10 this week in a follow-up panel to the clash between Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Yumi Stynes.
Thorpe (pictured left) was in a Melbourne studio addressing Kennerley’s comments while Alice Springs councillor Jacinta Price (pictured right), in the 10 Sydney studio, disagreed with her position and sided with Kennerley.
But Thorpe has now has written an opinion piece for Nine website 9Honey titled ‘Here’s what I wasn’t given the chance to say to KAK.’
In her article she refers to “sweeping generalisations” on the program and disputes claims by Price she herself is racist and privileged.
“On morning television, I told KAK she needed to let go of her ‘white privilege’. KAK was offended but it wasn’t an attack,” Thorpe writes.
“It’s about KAK understanding she has the privilege of being able to turn on the TV and see almost everyone is white. It’s about going into a workplace and not being labelled the coloured person in the room, about giving birth in a hospital without being allocated an Aboriginal liaison officer, about walking into a shop and not being asked where your money came from, about applying for a rental property without hiding that you’re Aboriginal.
“In KAK’s world, everything in your environment is legitimising rather than undermining your entitlement to be there.”
There was little consensus in the panel follow-up other than the women agreeing to visit Alice Springs to see communities first-hand. KAK agreed to the invitation on air.
You can read more of Thorpe’s article here.