Privilege and disadvantage: confronting systemic injustice
With Bri Lee, Veronica Gorrie & Rick Morton, moderated by Laura Murphy-Oates
Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 1.30pm AEST
Racism, family trauma, poverty - social disadvantage comes in many different and often intersecting forms. How do we dispel the idea of "lifters and leaners" to build a society where everyone truly gets a fair go?
A proud Gunai/Kurnai woman, Veronica Gorrie spent ten years in the white, male dominated Queensland police force, causing her to navigate the impacts of trauma and racism.
When lawyer and author Bri Lee visited a Rhodes Scholar friend in Oxford, she began to question power and education, and how they reinforce privilege and disadvantage. Who gets to be smart, she wondered, and how does this affect our politics and society?
Rick Morton grew up in family that passed down violence, poverty and trauma and now writes about what it means to live well.
These three brilliant writers will explore the challenges of breaking cycles of poverty, exclusion and violence, to create a world that is truly equal and fair.