"We stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters who continue to be ignored and denied justice within the court systems and their rulings. How many more deaths must we endure? How much more grief must we endure? How many more mother's tears must endure? Because I know for a fact, had this been a non-indigenous child we would never hear the end of it. Why are we in the media so much more concerned about the death of an innocent white woman, than the death of an innocent black child? He was innocent too, the amount of criminalisation I'm hearing, saying that he deserved it and he was a thief, let me challenge those facts for you, at no point in time was it ever proven that he stole the bike, don't believe what the media want to tell you, how they want to indoctrinate your thinking, into thinking that black is criminal, the child was innocent, he was 14 years old."

in pictures: australians march to demand #justiceforelijah

Less than a year ago Elijah Doughty, a 14 year old indigenous boy was fatally run down by a white man. The driver was found not guilty of manslaughter and given just three years in prison for reckless driving. He'll soon be released on parole. For...

by i-D Team
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31 July 2017, 1:55am

"We stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters who continue to be ignored and denied justice within the court systems and their rulings. How many more deaths must we endure? How much more grief must we endure? How many more mother's tears must endure? Because I know for a fact, had this been a non-indigenous child we would never hear the end of it. Why are we in the media so much more concerned about the death of an innocent white woman, than the death of an innocent black child? He was innocent too, the amount of criminalisation I'm hearing, saying that he deserved it and he was a thief, let me challenge those facts for you, at no point in time was it ever proven that he stole the bike, don't believe what the media want to tell you, how they want to indoctrinate your thinking, into thinking that black is criminal, the child was innocent, he was 14 years old."

 Kali Close
 "I came because what happened to Elijah is something that has happened to so many people that I know, so many times now it's happened, and now that it has happened to a 14 year old boy people are going to take us seriously. It's time that we all get together, indigenous Australians and non-indigenous Australians and take a stand, and think about where we want our country to go, and if we're gonna continue to support a system that will let 14 year old boys die, with no justice given." 

Kate Ten Buuren

Paul Gorrie
"I came today to seek justice for Elijah, who was taken far too soon, and also to seek justice for all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people who are having to go through the grieving process at the moment... [The state of solidarity from settlers] is not enough, it's terrific to see the turn out of non-indigenious folks here today, but we need more non-indigenous folks turning out." Also pictured: Bridget Caldwell.

Christina
"[The verdict and sentencing] is devastating, disgusting, corrupt. We're here standing in solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters. We're settlers on this land and we acknowledge that and we want to be here to show our support and solidarity."

Karrie Gorrie

Dan
"I attended today because Aboriginal people are dying too young, too many kids are dying, and I think it's because of white supremacy. I'm a settler on this land so I want to show my solidarity.". 

Ryan Moon

"I think that a lot of white people are stifled by their own guilt and insecurity around their whiteness, and that stops them from engaging in these kind of actions, when we really need to get out in huge numbers to support the indigenous community." 

"I'm here because it's not fair"

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Photography Rowan Oliver