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Bess Price is right, a public apology is essential…

While it is very heartening that LARISSA Behrendt has offered an apology to Bess Price for the foul aspersions she tweeted the other day it is rather disappointing that she has chosen to do so privately via email rather than publicly and/or  in person.

LARISSA Behrendt, having a blond moment?

But in an email to Ms Price yesterday, she wrote: “Dear Ms Price, I very much regret that a recent tweet of mine has caused you deep offence. I unreservedly offer you a heartfelt apology for that and hope you can accept it. Sincerely, Larissa.”

In a statement to The Australian, Professor Behrendt repeated her regret that the tweet had caused offence to Ms Price.

“I take full responsibility for my carelessness in the way I expressed myself and I apologise to Ms Price unreservedly,” she said. “I am in the process of making contact with her to apologise to her personally.”

Ms Price said last night she did not accept the apology as it stood.

“I want her to apologise to me in public, not just via email,” she told The Australian.

“I don’t think it’s good enough. I’ll accept her apology when she says it in public.”

Respected indigenous academic Marcia Langton writes in The Australian today that she has “never witnessed such extreme disrespect shown by a younger Aboriginal woman for an older Aboriginal woman in my life, except where the perpetrator was severely intoxicated on drugs or alcohol”. She says Professor Behrendt’s “foul” tweet “is an exemplar of the wide cultural, moral and increasingly political rift between urban, left-wing, activist Aboriginal women and the bush women, who witness the horrors of life in their communities, much of which is arrogantly denied by the former”.

“The Twitter messages reveal a repulsive hatred of everything that Bess stands for: the rights of Aboriginal women in remote communities to be protected from sexual abuse and violence and to be supported to take up opportunities for themselves and their children,” she writes.

A public pronouncement (yes, even one made via Twitter)  that is sincerely regretted can really only be properly addressed by a very public apology that is at least equally prominent to the utterance that originally caused offence. That LARISSA Behrendt  seems not to realise this does n0t say very much about her social graces or her personal integrity. It is good to see that so many prominent indigenous  voices being raised to admonish Behrendt as the Oz piece I quote from today  demonstrates. We are constantly told  that respect for the elders is a central part of indigenous culture and I can understand why that is such an important cornerstone of any society yet for the minions of the left respect is something of no consequence however this very sorry example of gross disrespect may provide a lesson to all that an ad hominem attack upon ideas that you don’t like not only fails to make your case, it risks the wrath of your peers and may even totally undermine your standing in the community.

Cheers Comrades


15 Comments

  1. kae says:

    That’s Professor Behrendt, Iain!

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Oh you are right Kae and you would have to think that some one so well educated would know better the distinction between that which is privately said in one’s lounge room and that which is published…

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    I don’t see why a blogger, or anyone else for that matter, should call her “Professor” instead of by her natural name. I have a friend (Fred) who is a professor and another (Wayne) who is a doctor (of economics)., When we get together for a drink and a chat I don’t address them as “Professor” or “Doctor”. Nor do I refer to them that way in emails etc. I call them Fred and Wayne .. or “dickhead”.

    As for this “professor”, she’s really stuffed up, but I reckon the apology she’s made is public enough.

  4. Lyn Costin says:

    Such low class, from a supposedly highly educated person. It just goes to show how far removed the sepia skinned Ms Behrendt really is from the traditional Aboriginal people. Aboriginals living in remote parts of Australia are experiencing severe trauma in regards to alcohol abuse, with high levels of sexual abuse and violence added to the mix. Children were being sexually abused and women where being raped and bashed. The authorities had no choice but to step in to protect the children. It’s alright for Ms Behrendt sitting in her comfortable city life, with her high education, and her elite surrounds. Bess Price is at the coalface of her people’s terrible problems. Ms Behrendt should make a face to face personal apology to Bess Price, not a tardy email apology. Any coward can do that………shame shame shame. Obviously respect is not in this foul ‘lady’s dictionary!!

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Over in Ozblogistan two comments have been posted :

    Alicia Hines says:

    Professor Bernandt and Doctor Anita Heiss are cut from the same cloth. Egyptian Cotton with an Austrian Weave. The trouble is they are wrapped up in themselves. They’ve left a bolt of Lycra for the peasants. The modern versian of ‘let them eat cake’

    And Richard Ryan gives us this:

    Andrew Bolt asks his bloggers to name 10 children of the stolen generation, I can’t, nor can he name 10 innocent children of the holocaust. Imagine this media clown will have his own program on CH. 10 in May—-what is the world coming to?

  6. Fred Phillips says:

    In a statement to The Australian, Professor Behrendt repeated her regret that the tweet had caused offence to Ms Price.

    “I take full responsibility for my carelessness in the way I expressed myself and I apologise to Ms Price unreservedly,” she said. “I am in the process of making contact with her to apologise to her personally.”

    How is this not a public apology? It is clearly an apology, made in a statement sent to and published by The Australian, which is a national newspaper. It doesn’t get more public than that.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    By any measure an apology made to a third party is not acceptable to Bess Price and what satisfies the wronged party is the important thing here. I think that an apology in person is necessary as I have said in this post that is only fair and reasonable in the circumstances of such a vile and unnecessary insult from someone who should have should have shown more respect to a woman who is an elder of her people

  8. Fred Phillips says:

    She made a public apology in a national newspaper and said she was in the process of contacting Bess Price to apologise to her personally. It is unreasonable to expect her to do anything more than those things.

  9. Iain Hall says:

    Fred
    Good manners (do you understand what they are?) would demand that the personal apology comes first before you make a public apology via a Newspaper because to do it the other way around suggests that you care more about public opinion than you do about addressing the offence that you have caused.

  10. Iain Hall says:

    You are not banned Fred.
    I put all new commenters on a probation of sorts, until they show that they are here for the right reason, which is a bit a friendly civil debate, Your question suggests that is not why you are here. That said I am willing to be convinced that you are genuine rather than a Troll.

  11. […] Keith Windshuttle has done a bit of digging about the aboriginal connections in Larrissa (I prefer bestiality) Behrendt’s family and who would be surprised that she and her father have at the very least […]

  12. buns3000 says:

    Your complaint at the top of the thread reads:
    While it is very heartening that LARISSA Behrendt has offered an apology to Bess Price for the foul aspersions she tweeted the other day it is rather disappointing that she has chosen to do so privately via email rather than publicly and/or in person.

    I am just pointing out that your complaint wasn’t valid, because she had made a public complaint and was going on to make the personal one as well. Having had it pointed out to you that the thing you complained Larissa Behrendt had not done was in fact already done – the public apology – now you are moving the goalposts to complain about the order in which she does them. Aside from being a silly thing to complain about on your part, it is not the subject of the thread. Even Bess Price hasn’t complained about the sequence of the apologies.

  13. Iain Hall says:

    Mr Buns

    I am just pointing out that your complaint wasn’t valid, because she had made a public complaint apology and was going on to make the personal one as well.
    Look I’m old fashioned enough to think that how something is done is as important as what you do to address an issue such as this.

    Having had it pointed out to you that the thing you complained Larissa Behrendt had not done was in fact already done – the public apology – now you are moving the goalposts to complain about the order in which she does them.

    They are not my goals posts to shift I am just offering an opinion on the matter

    Aside from being a silly thing to complain about on your part, it is not the subject of the thread.

    Look to the top of this page, you know where the words at the top it says “IAIN HALL’s Sandpit” that tells you that this is MY blog and I get to decide what is or is not the subject of any thread here and I don’t complain either I comment or offer an opinion

    Even Bess Price hasn’t complained about the sequence of the apologies.

    How do you know that?

  14. Richard Ryan says:

    Really! Who cares?

  15. Iain Hall says:

    Strangely Richard I do because despite the fact that I am naturally orthographically challenged I strive to achieve good and clear English at the Sandpit, which is why I am more than happy to fix typos and spelling mistakes for people who comment here, sadly some like the aptly names “backwards aus” are so bad that they need to be told to get help and you lefties are generally far too “understanding” to do so.

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