Recently I returned to the coast after spending almost a year reporting the news in Mount Isa.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of the town made up just over one in every four at 26 per cent.
Living side by side with traditional owners was a life-changing experience, to say the least.
Although at times it was extremely challenging, I loved every minute of it, and I can proudly say I dug my heels in to find out as much as I could about the paradox that is the relationship between black and white in our country.
This opened my eyes up to the real world, and as a result, it leaves me infuriated at the latest attacks on our police force coming from left-wing broadcasters and protesters.
We are not America, and those trying to rally one another to hate our police force are so unbelievably out of touch with reality it is incomprehensible.
Yes, sometimes police use too much force. Their job is difficult.
Yet the truth is they sometimes cross the fine line of brutality on anyone, no matter their skin colour.
From my countless experiences working and interviewing police officers in Aboriginal communities throughout north-west Queensland, I can safely say that they truly do care about making a difference.
Day in, day out they continued to do all they could to repair the relationship between black and white.
Not once did I see or hear of any racist cops. Racist cops are shunned by their colleagues in the same way that racism is not accepted anywhere or by anyone with dignity.
So to all these protesters who are trying so hard to undo all the years of work done by police officers across our great land, hang your head in shame.
You are a huge part of the problem, and dividing us further apart is not the answer.
I don’t have all the answers, but I do know that abusing our force who serve and protect is certainly not one of them.
Aidan Green is a Queensland-based journalist. More of his work is available on his Facebook page.
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