By Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:14 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 01:14 BST, 1 August 2019
Aboriginal high school students showed their peers a video of a controversial rapper denouncing the national anthem.
Year 11 and 12 students at Dickson College in Canberra played Adam Briggs' video during an assembly in NAIDOC Week.
In the video released in June, Briggs says Advance Australia Fair 'sucks' because it ignores Aboriginal people.
Year 11 and 12 students at Dickson College in Canberra played Adam Briggs' (pictured) video during an assembly in NAIDOC Week
Headteacher Craig Edwards said that the pupils at the school (pictured) wanted to show an 'alternative perspective' on the anthem
He dissects the anthem line by line and explains why indigenous people take issue with the words.
Critics have described the rapper's video as an 'extremist political message' - but the school principal defended the children who showed it.
Headteacher Craig Edwards told The Australian that the pupils wanted to show an 'alternative perspective' on the anthem.
'Essentially students wanted to get non-indigenous Australians thinking about why the anthem is such a hotly discussed topic and why indigenous Australians find parts of it hard to reconcile,' he told the newspaper.
'We do have this national anthem that is revered by many and this film presents an irreverent view. In that regard it hits the nail