reply to post by pieman
I think you're here to provoke, quite frankly
Because if you had ANY knowledge of past and current events and provisions made both currently AND 200 years ago for Aborigines --- then you'd
realise the error of your claims and comments
What do you know of Native Land Title ?
What do you know of the immense tracts of land in Australia under Aboriginal ownership and control ?
What do you know of budgetry amounts dedicated solely to Australian Aborigines ?
What do you know of 'affirmative action' type initiatives which bestow upon Australian Aborigines benefits which FAR exceed those benefits enjoyed
by the whites who PAY for all of it ?
What do you know of educational opportunities reserved strictly for Aborigines ? Ask me. I know. My next door neighbour for years was an Aboriginal
woman who said herself, ' We get more than a fair go, don't we, we Abbos ? '
Ask me about how well-protected are police of Aboriginal extraction (or who at least claim 'Aboriginality' despite that their origins might be half
Lebanese and half Trobriand Islander) ? Oh .. you don't know ? Well I do, so ask me.
You feel Australian Aborigines are not being treated with respect ? Really ? I guess then that you are ignorant of the fact that the Australian
government, using Australian tax-payers' money, buy motels .... and then place an Aborigine as 'manager'. They also lease upmarket tourist shops
specialising in 'Aboriginal artifacts' and place Aborigines (or part, one quarter, one tenth, doesn't matter as long as the pigment's there) as
In order to grant Aborigines 'respect', the Australian government also leases accomodation for the Aboriginal 'managers' .. upmarket stuff again,
or at least I consider a 14th floor luxury apartment with views over the ocean and broadwater to be pretty upmarket
To further the 'respect', the Australian government also employs OTHERS to actuall RUN these tourist boutiques and motels paid for by the Aussie
How do I know ? Well guess what .... I know Aborigines who're the recipient of this generous form of 'respect'. I know the mother of the
Aborigine 'manager' of both the tourist boutique AND the motel. And guess what she told me ? She said, ' My son (manager of the coastal motel) is
a bum. He does nothing. Others run the place for him. They do the work. He just plays big-shot '. And she was equally honest about her daughter,
the 1/4 Aborigine who was given ... at taxpayer expense ... the mangership of a trendy tourist boutique.
Of course, my Aboriginal neighbour's daughter didn't do much running of that enviable business. Because she was so busy flying to the US at Aussie
taxpayer expense, in order she could commisserate with her Native American 'brothers and sisters' who were also bemoaning how hard life was under
the big, bad white man
Then there are the Aboriginal 'dance troupes' who fly around the world at tax payer expense, increasing their self-respect and garnering (we hope)
respect from the population at large
For some reason, this 'respect' we Aussies keep paying to give our Aboriginal population, doesn't seem to prevent non-working Aboriginal 'dance
troupe' members (paid well for learning to dance like Aborigines and soon to jet out to Hong Kong and New York) from begging working Aussies for
money each day --- as the weary Aussie worker makes his way down city streets to his employment-cell in order to provide for the Aboriginal population
and their dance troupes, their motels, their boutiques, their art and singing classes, their accomodation, their spending money, etc. etc.. Why is
that ? And why, when the poor Aussie says he can't spare a dime, do those self-respecting Aborigines shout racist abuse at him ?
Anyway, when you learn a lot more than you know now, maybe you will explain
[edit on 24-3-2010 by Dock9]