Re: I am becoming entirely too harsh
OK I said I hadn't heard of CRT but now I am an expert (well, I read the article in Wikipedia)
A couple of sentences stood out for me:
In the field of legal studies, CRT emphasizes that merely making laws colorblind on paper may not be enough to make the application of the laws colorblind; ostensibly colorblind laws can be applied in racially discriminatory ways. A key CRT concept is intersectionality, which emphasizes that race can intersect with other identities (such as gender and class) to produce complex combinations of power and disadvantage.
That would certainly appear to be the case in Australia's blind spot - the treatment of the Indigenous population.
I was listening to a talk on the radio and someone pointed out that speeding fines for Aboriginals where they were pinged by a stationary speed camera was about the same as their proportion of the population (3%). However when the offences are recorded by a police radar trap the proportion of Aboriginals booked rockets.
30 years after the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission we are still recording more Aboriginal deaths in custody than anybody else because Aboriginals are 30% of the Australian prison population. It should also be noted that their life expectancy is something like 17 years lower than the rest of the population.
After decades of throwing massive amounts of money at the "problem" with little outcome perhaps there is a case for making different laws rather than colourblind laws.
Closing the Gap is largely an abject failure.