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Mortgage broker and mother of five Sandy has left SBS show First Contact after having her controversial views on indigenous people challenged.
Sandy was one of six people to appear on the show, which places individuals with strong views on Aboriginal Australians into indigenous communities.
The 41-year-old, who was touted as one of the most outspoken members of the show, was forced to challenge her prejudices while learning about the reality of the stolen generation.
“God gave black people rhythm and soul. They can dance and sing and all are hot while they dance, but when it comes to brains, white people have better brains,” Sandy said during the show’s opening.
“Give them houses and they burn them down … you think that’s racist, well I don’t f***ing care.”
Wow Sandy. Just wow. Your lack of understanding, education and general regard for Indigenous people is embarrassing #FirstContactSBS
— Mel Cann (@yesshecann) November 18, 2014
During her time on the show, Sandy stayed the night at the home of an Aboriginal family in Sydney, but refused to sleep in one of the children’s beds when it was vacated for her.
“I’m not staying [here overnight], I can’t. I know what happens on those mattresses, they all sleeping on it with all their sweat, their drinking and their partying, I’m not doing that,” Sandy said.
Sandy did not last much longer on the show, packing her bags and leaving quietly halfway during filming.
She cited family reasons for her abrupt exit.
“I had a lot of stuff going on at home as well, with a divorce, and my children back here in Newcastle,” she told News Corp.
“I just figured I’d done a lot already in the time that I was there.”
Sandy was born in the Northern Territory and raised around indigenous Australians, an experience which she said had shaped a lot of her strong opinions.
However, Sandy said her time on the show hadn’t changed her stance.
“A lot of the Aboriginals choose to live (in poverty), I think it’s what they’re used to. Sometimes it’s hard to change,” Sandy said.
“In Alice Springs they’re all drunks, and then there’s other areas where there are dry communities, no alcohol. However, they’ll find another way.”
The show’s other participants include a law enforcement officer who believed Aboriginal people “keep using the past” as an excuse and a supermarket worker who believes indigenous people “get a free ride”.