A student at the University of Queensland has spoken out about her experience as an Indigenous student in Australia.
In a video posted to Facebook by the Indigenous People’s Collective (IPC) in response to the death of 19-year-old Rizwan Ahmed, the teenager from the Kalgoorlie region of NSW said she was called a n***** and a nigger multiple times by her classmates, and had to walk out of class after being called an ‘idiot’.
The Indigenous student, whose name has been withheld by the ABC, told the group that she has been bullied in school and that she is “always scared of the white boy”.
“I feel like I can’t go out and do anything and I don’t want to be seen as a n****r, I don I want to not be seen by other people,” she said in the video.
“I’ve been bullied and I’ve been called a *******, I’ve had to leave school and I feel so alone.”
The student said she has a lot of respect for other students and has been able to cope with being a victim of hate crimes and bullying.
“But I’ve always been able at times to say, I’m sorry, I wasn’t thinking clearly,” she told the Facebook group.
“There are things I’ve done in my life that I’m not proud of.
I’ve put my body on the line, and I didn’t do it for anybody else, I didn, I just thought it was the right thing to do.”
And that’s how I’ve handled it.
“I’ve had my time in the spotlight, and now I’m trying to make the world see me as a human being.”
The Indigenous woman said she feels a sense of empowerment in speaking out and is looking forward to becoming a role model for her peers.
“What I want is to do something that I can inspire other Indigenous girls, that can help me and other girls not to feel like they have to do that,” she added.
“We have a lot to be proud of here, we have a really good education system.
But the fact is, we still don’t really know what it’s like to be an Indigenous person in Australia.”
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