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Omar Musa: Genocide is the basis for racism in Australia


The poet, writer and hip-hop artist on language, his new book and album, and the demonisation of Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Being a migrant in Australia, according to the author, rapper and poet Omar Musa, is a lot like constantly applying for a visa to somewhere you already grew up.

In twin releases due at the end of this month – a book of poetry, Millefiori, and a hip-hop album, Since Ali Died – Musa speaks of seeing too many non-white Australians caught out in the trap of the model minority: where you can spend your whole life trying to fit in, only to discover that some people never thought you belonged.

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