posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 01:13 AM
The social issue no one in Australia wants to talk about
Firstly, to the title I have to say 'Bzzzzzzt, wrong!!!' many of us want to talk about it and in fact do, all the time.
But as you so rightly say, the minute you do talk about it the do-gooders leap out of everywhere yelling racism.
I have lived amongst them and still do, and the biggest problem I see here is lack of understanding all round.
Anyone who has not lived near or amongst Australian aboriginals will have no comprehension of the problems at all.
The first and most basic problem is the half white/half black (halfcast)peoples, these are the majority in aboriginal society here.
The full bloods mostly live on their own lands and have no need of whitey's handouts, altho they will accept it if offered, usually to build a new
shed or buy a new vehicle for the community.
The halfcasts are the ones that have slipped through the system, been left to their own devices and are now expected to fit in with white society when
they don't know how and have never been taught how.
People have said let them go back out on to the land. They can't! The halfcasts are not accepted in the full blood society so have not been taught
those ways either.
So here we have a people who cannot live the traditional way as they don't know how and a lot don't want to as, after all, they are half white. And
they can't live in white suburbia the way the white population expects them to because their aboriginal mothers didn't teach them how look after a
house, send the kids to school or service the car they were given because those mothers were usually ostracized by their own tribes and had to live on
the outskirts of white society, for getting themselves pregnant to a white guy. (so didn't know these things herself)
3,4 even 5 generations later still no one has taught them how.
How do I know these things?
I've lived amongst them and listened to their stories, and seen much with mine own eyes.
Some 20 years ago our local council built aprox. 50 houses in a new development, for rent to aboriginals. Three months after said aboriginals moved in
only one house had a nice lawn, curtains in the intact windows and was in a generally good state of repair.
The rest were trashed, broken windows, doors hanging off, no lawns, 'what are curtains?', dead car bodies everywhere.
Do I blame the inhabitants? No. They didn't know any better.
They were taken from the bush and had no idea what to do.
Nothing much has changed either, they still don't know how to live the 'white' way and have no where else to go.
They don't fit in with white society and they don't fit in with fullbloods either.
There are no jobs for them, hell there are no jobs for non abos.
Unfortunately the problem has never been addressed properly and our government has just made things worse, to the point where a solution is going to
be very difficult to come by.
I wanted to address a couple of other points, however I'm running out of space on this post