Racism Theme in No Sugar

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Throughout Australian history a racist attitude towards Aboriginals has been a significant issue. The instant the early settlers arrived on our shores and colonised, the Aboriginals have been fighting for the survival of their culture. The Aboriginals have been oppressed and dominated to bring them in line with an idealistic European society. Racism, as practiced against Aborigines, has been defined as the ‘conscious or unconscious belief in the superiority of persons from European ancestry, which entitles all white peoples to a position of dominance or privilege determined by racial origin'. This theme of racism has been put forward by Jack Davis in his stage play, No Sugar, the story of an Aboriginal family's fight for survival during the Great Depression. Jack Davis uses a white medium to present Aboriginal views as a revisionist text. He has used what has been termed "jarring witness" as one who questions and disrupts the versions of others. In this case the Aboriginals present their version of the past which seriously undermines accepted accounts of the official past proposed by white Australians. In communicating the racist and unfriendly attitudes of the leading white ideology, Davis constructs characters, which are continuously under fire and in opposition to the oppressing dominant white society. Davis utilises his characters to confront the audience and take them out of their comfort zone, showing them the reality of Aboriginal treatment.Throughout the Great Depression discrimination and racism were both major issues relating to Aboriginals. Jimmy Munday, one of the more outspoken characters in No Sugar is characterised as the activist and lone Aboriginal voice that is constantly challenging dominant white principles. Jimmy is a character shown to constantly rebel against the prejudiced attitude towards Aboriginals. When the officials plan to relocate the Government Well Aboriginals, it reveals the racism in white authority, as the town wants to...
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