Deadly Unna is a novel written by the Australian Author, Phillip Gwynne. It is one inspirational year in the life told by the main character of Gary ‘Blacky’ Black. Blacky, endures the complex issues of racial prejudice between the whites (Goonyas) and the Aboriginals (Nungas) in the small community, of the Port. Blacky learns from and deals with many real-life challenges, including racism, courage, and relationships. Blacky challenges the communities’ perceptions or lack of what racism and segregation really mean.
The author presents many issues based around the perceptions of the people in a small town; these main issues are racism and segregation. Racism is defined as a belief that a particular race of other people is better than others. Segregation is when there is enforced separation between ethnic groups in a community. Blacky experiences racial discrimination and begins to develop awareness of the racism in his small town, the community of the Port and the Point (where the aboriginals live).
In appearance, Blacky was not aware of how racist his friends were. The footy team’s attitude between the Nungas and Goonyas was very serious. They always made racial comments among themselves and Blacky’s reaction was to go along with his friends to be racist. The Nunga people generally stayed out at the point unless they had to come to the port to play football or buy groceries “…the two towns didn’t have much to do with another. Footy was really the only place where Nungas and Goonyas hang around together.”
“Mate of yours now, is he?” “No way, not him. I hate his guts.”
After Blacky spat on the ground and to prove to all of his friends that he had meant it. At this time Blacky didn’t like Dumby. “This Dumby red was trendy. He was talented, he was up himself, he wore Jezza’s number 25, and he had that smile.” Blacky’s perceptions of Dumby are that he