18 years ago Bryce Simpson’s parents were killed in a car crash and he was taken and raised in a white, middle class, relatively crime free suburb in Eastern Sydney.
Despite most people believing he was doomed to fail because of his black skin and racist white people, Bryce has lead a relatively normal life.
His situation has shocked many, including his youth worker Psychologist Tracey Brimmer.
“We couldn’t believe it. We thought being black instantly meant your life was going to be shit. That’s what the media and Aboriginal leaders tell him anyway.”
“It turns out we’re all just products of our environment and if you’re raised in a good environment then you’re likely to turn out okay.”
“We thought he was going to live 15 years less because black people have a lower life expectancy but it turns out he’ll live just as long as the people around him”
Ms Brimmer also said Bryce was a perfect example of the fact that your success or failure in modern society has very little to do with the colour of your skin.
“Your skin colour is only a setback if someone keeps telling you it is and eventually it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. It becomes true simply because someone keeps telling you it is.” she said.
It’s a stark contrast from the usual message drilled into young black people with most leaders telling them they will never amount to anything because white people don’t care for them.
Not only do they not care for them but they are going to stand in the way of their success because of their racist hate of black people.
It’s an uplifting message that has left many young Aboriginals feeling worthless but Bryce’s parents told him he could be an engineer if he worked hard enough, and now he is.
“My University didn’t reject me and my new boss didn’t tear up my resume once he found out I was black” Bryce said.
“The hardest thing I had to overcome was everyone telling me I was a victim or psychologically damaged because of the colour of my skin”
“That shit will fuck your head up quick if you fall into the trap of believing it, especially when it’s drilled into you from a young age”
“How was I supposed to go out and achieve anything with my life when everyone is telling me the whole world is against me?”
“And why would I bother trying anything when I’ve been brainwashed into thinking the white man hates me and is only going to stand in my way?”