June 27, 2003


As Navin Johnson used to say: “The Lord loves a working man, and don’t trust whitey”. Aboriginal academic Darren Godwell lashes out at white government folks and their “house nigger” enablers:

The house nigger has moved from government-issued horse to government-issued desk. They pride themselves on ministerial invitations to barbecues, appointments to boards and reference groups. They know their place. Blackness without offence. Coloured company free of the challenges of difficult questions. The house niggers do great damage. Their presence legitimises seven years of policy without substance.

White privilege asserts its right to dictate the boundaries and issues in indigenous affairs. House niggers readily support this exercise of privilege. When the minister uses phrases like "Indigenous people I've spoken to say ..." or "Indigenous people around the country tell me ...", it's worth asking who these nameless, faceless, unrepresentative boosters are.

It’s also worth asking who Darren Godwell - despiser of house niggers, foe of white privilege - is. Here’s a picture. Godwell is on the right.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 27, 2003 01:05 PM

The question was:

"Indigenous people I've spoken to say ..." or "Indigenous people around the country tell me ...", it's worth asking who these nameless, faceless, unrepresentative boosters are."

And the answer is:

Darren Godwell, come on down.......

Posted by: nic at June 27, 2003 at 01:13 PM

Isn't that Collingwood's full forward?

Posted by: slatts at June 27, 2003 at 01:15 PM

Chris Tarrant is oppressed every weekend, Slatts. Cry freedom!

Posted by: tim at June 27, 2003 at 01:28 PM

I thought this article was a spoof until I realised that Godwell's an "adjunct lecturer in indigenous studies at James Cook University in Townsville." Then everything made sense.

BTW: any word on the connection between Margot Kingston's woodpile nigger and Godwell's house nigger? I can't remember a time when the dreaded N word has been bandied around so much in the media.

Posted by: Preston Whip at June 27, 2003 at 01:31 PM

Thw woodpile nigger passes the wood to the house nigger who stacks it by the fire?

Why do middle class "academics" love the N word so much?

I prefer being called a "skip" over a "whitey", I'm a sort or fleshy-pink colour with brown and red parts during summer.

Posted by: Jake D at June 27, 2003 at 01:41 PM

I don't know who is whiter, Darren Godwell or Geoff 'goldilocks' Clarke.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at June 27, 2003 at 02:00 PM

"white people, we're told, always know more about indigenous affairs than us aborigines."

His column is case is point!

"Cull the black industry by deporting the white opportunists!"

Why stop at the white ones?

"Yet black men and women struggle to get real help to confront their demons. And the best John Howards Gevernment can offer is to hand out more welfare payments."

That evil John Howard! I think he should immediately cut welfare payments to all Aboriginals in order that they can confront their demons more effectively.

Posted by: Gilly at June 27, 2003 at 02:03 PM

As an Anglo-Celt, I am insulted by Godwell's rejection of his 98% Euro heritage. What is it about us, why do they hate us so much they deny our shared ancestry?

Posted by: PJ at June 27, 2003 at 02:05 PM

Black as the ace of spades! Having a gander at Darren reminds me of the definition of "Aboriginal Activist" once put forward by Sire Leslie Colin Patterson OBE:- "A yugo ratbag who's great grand-dad once stunned a numbat with a stick".
Res Ipsa Loquitor.
(And who pays Derwood's salary? Does he take it in Australian currency or in spiritual fulfillment?)

Posted by: paul bickford at June 27, 2003 at 02:12 PM

Jake D: at first I thought you were right, but upon reflection I'm not so sure. Returning to the source, I find that Margot said the dark individual was 'in' the woodpile. This surely indicates one of two things; an individual surrounded by faggots, or a woodcutting accident. In any case, it seems certain that the woodpile nigger would be unable carry out the assignment you suggest. It would probably be more accurate to state that the relationship consists of the house nigger helping the dusky woodpile guy from the heap. Contrary to Godwell's claim that the house nigger does great damage, it's clear that they have the capacity to do good.

If Tim hadn't vowed never to mention Margot's name again, perhaps he could ask the good woman to join us and clear up this confusion.

Posted by: Preston Whip at June 27, 2003 at 02:21 PM

You know what they say - the whiter the aboriginal, the more extreme they fell they they have to be. Look at Michael Mansell. I've met real aboriginals and they don't talk like this.

Posted by: Rob at June 27, 2003 at 03:24 PM

This item reminded me of a story on last week's "Gardening Australia", about long term weather patterns as researched by an "indigenous Education Officer". There is a picture of her on the link.


It's bad enough that she looks like an English granny with a name right out of Shakespeare. However, her entire interview (unfortunately not transcribed) was peppered with "what we aborginals know" and "what you white people don't understand" and other patronising scolds. Read through the article to get an impression of her tone of voice.


It's one of my pet hates that someone significantly less than half "Aboriginal" is somehow completely divorced from any Anglo-Australian heritage.

Posted by: Andrew D. at June 27, 2003 at 03:40 PM

Godwell, another house nigger.

Posted by: d at June 27, 2003 at 05:13 PM

Sure that ain't David Oldfield without his glasses?!!

Posted by: F at June 27, 2003 at 05:48 PM

I thought it was a picture of Tim Ferguson for a moment while the gif was gradually loading up.

Posted by: Clarke Kent at June 27, 2003 at 08:48 PM

I don't suppose there is a Garage "N..." to help me with my bike maintainance or a Garden "N..." to help my long suffering Miss Noosa with the weeding? There's a market for it out there that could rival Jim's Mowing....

Posted by: Jake D at June 27, 2003 at 10:42 PM

Darren Godwell Indahouse!

Posted by: Clem Snide at June 27, 2003 at 11:47 PM

You get that here in the states alot, especially at University. Someone will say, well I'm "X"-American, and they expect you to make certain assumptions about them AND to give them lee-way in making rediculous statements. The two more grevious (sp?) examples I ran into were ethnic minorities from priveledged backgrounds (i.e. prep schools, etc; and this at an Ivy School) trying to speak for the common man and decying the repressing they experienced. The second was the blond-haired blue-eyed Indian. Now, there are millions of Americans with Indian blood, especially from certain tribes like the Cherokee [including me]. However, everytime I heard some suburban raised white kid say, "Well, I'm a Native American," I knew it was time to turn off me ears. I can only imagine what it's like for some Dinae from the reservation to have to listen to.

Posted by: Scott at June 28, 2003 at 04:49 AM

It's little wonder so little satire is written these days. With, for example, what we're asked to believe passes for 'indigenous', straight narration can appear more satirical than anything Swift ever came up with.
And what could be more satirical than the descendants of those well known 19th Century raping murdering Bass Strait sealers, Mansell and Everitt, now demanding that WE apologise and make recompense, for what THEIR ancestors did?
I simply feel grateful that my ancestors had a MUCH better record in their dealings with aboriginals than did Mansell, Everitt et al's ancestors. I'd find it difficult to sleep at night if mine had done anything near as despicable as theirs have.

Posted by: Norman at June 28, 2003 at 12:23 PM