Originally posted by Retrovertigo
You are right, Chad...
This issue is something that continually gets swept under the carpet and everyone simply refuses to deal with it...
You mentioned in one of your posts "we've paid tenfold for the crimes and atrocities we inflicted on their ancestors"...I do agree with that...
However I do also believe indigenous Australians still need all the help and support the nation can provide for them, and I dont believe that's
necessarily financial either...
In fact, many prominent indigenous Australians like Mick Dodson say exactly that, its not really a case of money and you could throw a trillion
dollars at the problem and it wouldnt be solved...
On the other hand, I honestly don't know how we solve that problem, I really don't...
I am touched by your concern for your fellow humans sharing your country. I really am, and find it really rare to see someone like you even in your
own country, let alone here.
I’ve been to Brisbane, Bondi beach and saw how apart the aborigines and the colonials behave – separated, each doing their own thing, whites with
whites, blacks with blacks.
I stepped into pubs, and am shocked to see only whites in the crowded pub. I’ve been to many places around the world, and had seen how people of all
kinds of ethnic groups blend and mix in recreational activities, but none seem to be happening in Australia, or only in a few selected areas.
Why do the Australians hate the aborigines so much and for so long?
Rather than to dwell upon the fault lines, I think the solution would be closer integration, beginning today with the children.
There was a time in the past when such an idea was adopted, where the aborigines’ children were forcefully taken away from their mothers in a crazy
and far fetched eugenics policy by the govt. This must not be repeated.
There may be no hope for any change with the adults, as both sides had suffered and carried away by emotional baggage to be rational, but the next
generation in 40 years time from today will grow and mature with a better understanding, and more forgiveness as they relate themselves to each other
in their formative years.
Integration would be mean affirmative action tailored for the aborigines’ kids. Protection for them from racism, but not mollycoddling. Both white
and kids must be made to participate as a team on projects, be encouraged and never to be written off as worthless, regardless white or black.
As for the present adults, instead of giving them monies directly, help to create industries of their own. Workshops be created to help them integrate
into this new century and new concepts of technology and philosophies. Motivation is only solution to help them.
Noticed that I did not call to end racism. It’s because I have no hope, and am disillusion that the current adults will ever end it even in the work
place. That emotion of superiority dies hard, more so from the whites who often boasts of ancestry back to European kings.
Let the current live off their deluded fantasies, but staff the schools with rational teachers from beginning of education to the Universities, whose
added and special role and responsibility is to end racism.
No need to hide history, but to be honest and show it as it as, with a world view on the mistakes mankind made.
In order to ensure that these precious kids, white and black do not get influenced by racism fueled by the parents or adults, special laws be created
to punish racial hatred, on top of regular soft campaigns to remind them of their responsibility not only to the country, but to humanity as well.
We are all, - white, black, red, brown, yellow, etc – one race. The human race.
I apologise if I had offended any Australilans. It is not my place to comment espacailly on such a sensitive topic, but my post is only a reply to the
above mentioned author, and hope things may go well for his/her country. Good Luck! :-)