Kerri-Anne Kennerley Told To 'Give Up Her White Privilege'
Former politician Lidia Thorpe told Studio 10 panelist Kerri-Anne Kennerley to 'give up her white privilege' during a heated debate with Jacinta Nampijinpa Price on Australia Day protests.
The two Indigenous women appeared on Studio 10 following the stoush between Kennerley and Yumi Stynes about Australia Day protests.
The Monday segment led to a wave of both support and criticism for Stynes and Kennerley.
The panel welcomed Price and Thorpe, who took very different stances when it came to the debate and it wasn't long before things became heated.
When Price invited Thorpe to Alice Springs -- where she is an elected member of Council -- to see what conditions were like, Thorpe agreed on the proviso Kennerley "give up her white privilege" and join them.
"I will educate you. I will take you to a community, you can stay the night in a town camp, if that's what you like. You can see firsthand what's going on," Price said to Thorpe.
"I've been to those camps. And I will do that if Kerri-Anne, you give up some of your white privilege and understand what that is," replied Thorpe.
Price then accused Thorpe -- the first Aboriginal woman elected to Victorian parliament -- of being "racist".
"That's not racism. It's actually understanding the privilege you walk around with," she said, in reference to Kennerley. "You come with us, Kerri-Anne."
"I will. I'd very, very happy to do that," Kennerley responded, as Thorpe said again: "You have to give up your white privilege to do that."
Price later argued Thorpe was "privileged" also, mentioning her education and English-speaking background.
Price also told Thorpe she disputed her observation that around 50,000 people took part in the Australia Day protests held in Melbourne.
When Thorpe listed the injustices Aboriginal people have endured since colonisation -- including the Stolen Generation -- Kennerley retorted: "We don't steal their children anymore".
A heated on-air debate between Kennerley and Stynes on Monday sparked social media outrage and prompted Studio 10 to revisit the topic this morning.
Stynes was scheduled to appear on Studio 10 this morning, but wrote on Instagram she had "decided to give myself the day off".
Kennerley argued on Monday the thousands of protesters who marched on January 26 "hadn't been to the Outback where children... and their mothers are being raped" and had "done nothing" to help Indigenous communities.
Protestors gathered outside the Channel 10 studios the following day to argue Kennerley's position.