Trae Crowder has a series of videos in ‘Southin’ Off’ to explain the complex, but pointed, history of the American South region. It has been a very educative series, but one episode has to be listen to; in order to understand the nature of history, not necessarily of the other person’s, but of our own past.
The regions of northern Australia have parallels to the American South, as well as distinctive differences. However, what Trae is saying about the ‘Duality of the Southern Thing’ is what Australians need to embrace as its messy history. This is particularly true in the mythology we too much hear of, which is called the ‘Queensland character’. It is a false narrative and it must be forthrightly taken away from our gaze on the past. History is not caricature.
This might be the most controversial thing I've said in my entire career… I'm proud to be from the South. The great irony of the South is that most of the stuff that makes us proud is the product of the stuff we're ashamed of. Joined this week by Tushar Singh and Drew Morgan.
Posted by Trae Crowder on Monday, June 29, 2020