Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

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No Room for Racism

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Recently we attended a fabulous World Music Festival in Adelaide called WOMAD.  (or more specifically, WOMADELAIDE).  We had a great time, and enjoying the world grooves with like minded souls.  One fellow (whose name I later discovered was Michael), was sporting an umbrella with a fantastic flag on the outside (see photo below).   It had the words “NO ROOM FOR RACISM” on it, and I just loved it.

A bit of background for readers who may not be familiar with some things going on in Australia at the moment.  One thing is that there is a big political debate at the moment about “letting in” refugees.  Some particularly narrow minded, bigoted Australians have said ridiculous things like “go home, we’re full” (obviously meaning they do not support any further immigration and/or allowing people who have risked their lives to get to Australia to be granted refugee status).   Anyhow….  it was a dig, I am sure, at these people. 

Another great thing about this flag is the reference / link to the Australian Aboriginal flag (shown here).  This flag was designed by Indigenous Elder Harold Thomas in 1971, and is a symbol of Aboriginal identity. The yellow represents the sun (giver of life) and yellow ochre. Red represents the red earth (the relationship to the land) and the red ochre used in ceremonies. Black represents the Aboriginal people.

How appropriate, then, that the flag with the words “no room for racism” is done echoing the sentiments of not only many indigenous Australians, but many of we imports, as well!  good on ya, Michael.   We need more of you!!!


Written by Mar(k)

March 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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  1. Very well said Mark and Mar,

    Womad seems like an oasis of tolerance and goodwill in Oz at the moment. Good on Michael and his simple and powerful message. And good on you for spreading it!


    March 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

  2. it is rather unfortunate that these are the same people who fall and die without any one giving them a lifting hand and until they realize what actually destroys them they will not stop this funny behavior. God created mankind as one single person but yet we divide ourselves. Many are those who are still ignorant of everything that is going on even in their own surrounding without knowing how to come out of their own mess. As the is moving forward, others are going backwards. WHAT A BIG SHAME!!!

    kkenn emmanuel

    March 23, 2011 at 3:54 am

  3. I spotted a sticker version of this in Kuranda Village near Cairns. It was great to see…particularly after I had walked into a handful of souvenir shops which sold the “We eat meat, We drink beer….” t-shirts and “Support it or fuck off” stickers.


    December 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

    • Thanks for your feedback! Indeed, we were up in Kuranda recently as well – and we also noticed the big FLAG – at a small coffee shop tucked behind the main street. It may well be where the whole thing originated! Thanks for reading!


      December 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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