Model Duckie Thot: I’ve Suffered Police Brutality, I’ve Been Hit & Choked
Duckie Thot, whose real name is Nyadak Thot, is calling out Australians for not stepping up to the plate when it comes to racial injustice. The Sudanese, whose claim to fame was taking third place on cycle 8 of “America’s Next Top Model,” was raised in Australia. Now, she’s coming for the country’s lack of action amid the world’s fight against racial injustice.
She spoke on the recent #BlackOutTuesday and said,
“I woke up this morning with more black squares and posts about what’s going on around the world rather than what’s been going on to indigenous people in our countries since settlement… I’m disappointed, and I’m sad and I’m honestly extremely frustrated.”
She continued to push for Australians to speak up, especially for indigenous groups.
Australians if you really support black lives matter, you will get behind the indigenous communities, and you will tell the world what’s going on and what has happened to the indigenous people to the black people in Australia. You will tell the story and you will tell the right story… You cannot ignore this.
She added that she’s suffered police brutality herself.
Australia you have to join, you have to fight the right fight and you have to tell them the right thing right now… Be responsible. Hold yourselves accountable. I myself have experienced police brutality in Australia. I myself have been hit, I myself have been choked… you cannot fight this anymore. The whole world is listening… Do not let them know about Par- tell our story first… You cannot look across the ocean when you do not wanna look in your own backyard.
Duckie paired the video with a caption giving us a little history lesson. explaining how celebrating Australia Day, which is celebrated on Jan. 26, doesn’t acknowledge how the land was stolen and how it’s the duty of the immigrants in Australia to make peace with the natives:
“Australia- be the change we want to see.
We still acknowledge and celebrate Australia Day and cheers to a flag without acknowledging the First Nations whose land was stolen and voices silenced by British colonization. Australia strongly claims a multicultural nation, yet that nation has not introduced itself to the First Nations of the land. As immigrants, it is our duty to make amends with the natives and understand whose land it is that we are privileged to call home.”
She continues to educate us further on the history of her home and the changes they seek to see and make in their government:
We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history. In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. Now, in 2020, Black people all around the world are fighting systemic racism and oppression. I acknowledge my privilege as a Black Australian and I cannot fathom the injustices faced by the First Nations.
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Written By Janiah