FixedIt: Would she be a “wheelie bin” if she were white?

August 11, 2020by Jane Gilmore

WA Today reported that the 17 year old male charged with murdering a woman will stand trial in February. Once again they are referring to the woman he is accused of murdering as a “Newman wheelie bin”. 

It’s impossible to believe it would be reported this way if she had been a young, white woman with two children. She’d almost certainly have been a “young girl” or a “much loved mother” or a “tragic loss”. A white woman would not be a “Newman wheelie bin”.

WA Today says they have refrained from naming her for cultural reasons. Fair enough. But they have also dehumanised her for cultural reasons and that is an obscenity that cannot stand.

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