Jacinta Price Credit: News Corp Australia
‘Just watching the footage of protesters and the conversations around white privilege makes me sick to my stomach,’ she told Sky News.
‘These are narcissists … they don’t have to do any hard work just appear as though they care.’
Ms Price, a Warlpiri woman and Alice Springs Town Councillor, said more Aboriginal people die outside of police custody than within it, with the majority of Aboriginal people killed and maimed by other Aboriginal people.
But because the violence is out of sight, out of mind, protesters don’t care, she said.
‘You don’t care because the perpetrators are also black, and that’s the big problem,’ she said.
‘People only care if there’s seen to be a white perpetrator.’
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014–15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, more than one in five or 22.3 per cent of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over 15 had experienced physical violence or threats in the previous 12 months.
Half of all of those who had experienced physical violence over the 12-month period said that their most recent attacker was a family member.
‘This is the reality that goes on in the remote communities that these protesters care zero for,’ Ms Price said.
‘They do not care one bit. They stand there virtue-signalling and acting as though they’re so terribly sorry for the racism that Aboriginal people are faced with.
‘It’s not racism that is sexually abusing our kids and it is not racism that is killing our people – it’s the actions of our own people.’
Ms Price’s own nephew died on Friday – allegedly stabbed to death during a wild fight in Alice Springs.
NT Police said more than a dozen people had been ‘fighting with weapons’ at a home in the Central Australian town when the 36-year-old man was stabbed.
He bled to death at the scene despite the efforts of ambulance paramedics and police officers to stem the bleeding and to save him with CPR.
There were more than 12 people involved in the mayhem but only two men were arrested, ABC News reported.
Ms Price said Aboriginal people are the most incarcerated people in the world – because of violent crimes and that if people were serious about protecting Aboriginal lives then they would focus on lowering the rate of family violence in indigenous communities.
‘It’s a horrible cycle that continues and the ignorance is gobsmacking,’ she said.
‘If you wanted to reduce the rates of incarceration then you would begin with being honest about the fact that almost 70 percent of Aboriginal people – men and women incarcerated – are incarcerated for acts of violence against their loved ones,’ she said.
Ms Price said for women it was largely because they were fed up with repeated beatings and had retaliated.
‘On the other side of the coin we’ve got nasty individuals who think it’s their right to hurt and maim and kill their own loved ones,’ she said.