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Author Heiss, Anita, 1968-

Title Am I black enough for you? / Anita Heiss.

Published North Sydney, N.S.W. : Bantam, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.89915092 HEIS    LOST AND PAID
 UniM Bail  305.89915092 HEIS    DUE 29-11-18 +1 RECALLED
Physical description 346 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: who am I? -- The trial: beginnings -- 1. Where I began... -- 2. Being Elsie's daughter -- 3. Joe-the-carpenter -- 4. Coco pop, chocolate drop... -- 5. Being ridgy-didge -- 6. Epista-what? -- 7. On being invisible -- 8. Writing us onto the identity radar -- 9. Writing us into Australian history -- 10. On being Koori Bradshaw -- 11. Sleeping under the stars -- 12. If you are a black woman, you should... -- 13. A blackfella abroad -- 14. The Oprah influence.
Summary I'm Aboriginal. I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be. What does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy, was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school. She is Aboriginal - however, this does not mean she likes to go barefoot and, please, don't ask her to camp in the desert. After years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern, the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with: being too 'fair-skinned' to be an Australian Aboriginal. Such accusations led to Anita's involvement in one of the most important and sensational Australian legal decisions of the 21st-century when she joined others in charging a newspaper columnist with breaching the Racial Discrimination Act. He was found guilty, and the repercussions continue. In this deeply personal memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, Anita Heiss gives a first-hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father, and explains the development of her activist consciousness. Read her story and ask: what does it take for someone to be black enough for you?
Subject Heiss, Anita.
Authors, Aboriginal Australian -- Biography.
Aboriginal Australians -- Biography.
Aboriginal Australians -- Ethnic identity.
Aboriginal Australians -- Anecdotes.
ISBN 9781742751924 (paperback)