COVID-19, “Black Lives Matter” and Indigenous Australians: A Tale of Two Intersecting Pandemics

Robyn Newitt, Corrinne T. Sullivan

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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the impact COVID-19 has had on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. The Black Lives Matter protests occurred in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore, it is necessary to explore the response(s) by the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community in attending the protests and their engagement around the BLM movement and subsequent media attention. It is imperative to ensure Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander voices are centered when researching issues that affect communities and individuals. This chapter will ensure the voices of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people convey the issues, impacts and perspectives that COVID-19 and the implications of the BLM movement have and continue to have in community. Indigenous communities in Australia are not a monoculture; therefore, it is imperative to ensure the inclusion of the diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences of the varying populations. The intersectionalities of fake news, Indigeneity and racism will be the main themes when researching the affects that COVID-19 has had, and may continue to have, on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOVID-19 and a World of Ad Hoc Geographies
EditorsStanley D. Brunn, Donna Gilbreath
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030943509
ISBN (Print)9783030943493
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian legal system
  • Deaths in custody
  • Fake news
  • Policing
  • Social justice

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