Indigenous dads are caring, supportive, inspirational and a big part of their children's lives — that's the message being sent around the world on Twitter under the trending hashtag #IndigenousDads. The testimonials are a response to a Bill Leak cartoon published last week in The Australian which depicts a police officer returning an Aboriginal youth to his seemingly drunk father (he's holding a VB can) who doesn't know his son's name.
The Australian stood by the cartoon, with editor-in-chief Paul Whittaker releasing a statement that said, "The Australian is proud of its long-standing and detailed contribution to our national debate over the crucial issues in Indigenous affairs. The current controversy over juvenile detention in the Northern Territory has lifted these matters to the forefront of national attention again. Too often, too many people skirt around the root causes and tough issues. But not everyone."
Regardless of the intended meaning of the cartoon, the outpour of praise for Aboriginal Australian dads, from their children, their fans and the dads themselves, strongly rejects the stereotype Leak portrayed.
Scroll to see the cartoon and the Tweets, from both ordinary and prominent Australians, that contradict it.