“I’m a regular reader of Union City, and I think I can help attribute your August 2 Labor Quote,” writes Keira Ballantyne. “These words are frequently attributed to Lilla Watson. Her actual words were: “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”Lilla Watson is an Indigenous Australian civil rights activist and artist who has worked for voting rights and my understanding is that while these words are often attributed to her, she has preferred that they be credited to “Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s.”
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