Hey so it’s been a long hiatus from this blog and so much has been happening. Just so people know, I aim to begin blogging regularly again. I’ve also been keeping track of a few things I want to discuss, but haven’t had time (or access to the Internet – being poor sucks) to write about. These things might be “old news” and therefore seem irrelevant by media standards, but they are very relevant to me and things I can’t seem to let go of in my mind until I free them in the written word – so expect a flurry of posts!
Anyway, one thing I really want to blog about now is my reflections on the screening of “Wayward Son” and the Q+A with Director Mustafa Davis.
During the Q+A, I posed a question regarding culture. It is my belief that art is culture is life – they aren’t separate things. Anyway, the discussion turned to what young Muslims in Australia might do in regard to identity and the answer came that young Muslims need to find what it is to be Australian and start identifying with that within a Muslim framework (I’m paraphrasing).
This didn’t really sit well with me and I guess what I really want to clarify here in this space (didn’t really want to do it during the Q+A because I don’t think Mustafa Davis really knows the deal here in Australia – perhaps that can be rectified the next time he comes to Australia?) is that Australian “culture” is based on the genocide of the First Peoples, racism and exclusion of non-whites. So I don’t really think that young Muslim people can now try to identify with Australian “culture” because that “culture” continues to oppress the First Peoples and therefore will continue to oppress all non-whites.
Anyway, just my thoughts on that 🙂