• Channel Nine's US Correspondent, Alexis Daish interviews an African American man on the frontline of a protest in Los Angeles. (Screenshot)Source: Screenshot
Indigenous Australians are calling out one of Channel Nine's US correspondents for an interview with a protestor in Los Angeles over the weekend, saying she made "embarrassing" and "ignorant" comments.
By
Douglas Smith

Source:
NITV News
1 Jun 2020 - 1:04 PM  UPDATED 1 Jun 2020 - 4:47 PM

A Channel Nine journalist reporting on the frontline of the US protests has come under fire back home for comments made to a protestor following an interview on the front line of a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd.

The network's US correspondent, Alexis Daish was in West Hollywood on Saturday afternoon, when she asked what a protester meant when he said “the country was built on violence", before commenting that Australians didn't have the same understanding of police violence.

Ms Daish was quickly called out by Indigenous Australians who labelled her comment "ignorant" for its lack of understanding around the history of police brutality towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

During her interview with a man protesting the alleged murder of African American George Floyd, Ms Daish asked whether the message had been lost in the violence seen in the streets, to which he replied saying, "this country was built on violence."

"I'm not going to give you a history lesson. If you don't know, then that's the problem. You don't know where the violence starts," said the protestor. 

"Why is everyone here on the other side armed? This is the message they want." 

Ms Daish later ended the interview by thanking the man for his time to vent about police brutality.

"I really appreciate you giving your perspective because people in Australia doesn't (sic) have the understanding of the history of police killings here,' said Ms Daish before she signed off. 

The video of Ms Daish's interview and report was widely shared, with many venting their frustration on social media. 

ARIA award nominated rapper, Adam Briggs accused her of being 'ignorant' by claiming Australians didn't have the 'understanding of the history of police killings'.  

Briggs said if Ms Daish had a "better understanding of the history of her own country", she might be able to "draw some parallels and empathise somewhat with the protester she was interviewing."

Indigenous comedian and actor, Nakkiah Lui also joined Briggs to condemn the reporting of Ms Daish. 

Earlier in the protest, Ms Daish sparked anger from a group of protestors when she asked them to explain their outrage. 

"We're tired of people like you guys telling us how to feel about our own lives," said one of the protestors, pointing at Ms Daish.  

"This anger is coming from hundreds of years," he went on to say.

"Three people in two weeks... How many times does this have to happen?

"We have done everything white people have asked us to do,' a protester told Ms Daish.

"We've tried everything. We had a black f------ president and it didn't work. Black people were still dying."

"We're tired of being told that these buildings and businesses are worth more than my body. That is not the case."

NITV News has contacted Nine Entertainment for comment.

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