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Aboriginal Incorrectness

The Australian Aborigines have a life span 17 years shorter than the average life span of other Australians. The physical and sexual abuse of women and children is extraordinarily high in many Aboriginal communities. Alcoholism and drug abuse is rife.

Surrounding this sad mess are the inevitable politically correct stances and symbolic gestures by the larger Australian community that amount to nothing substantial, and instead of improvement the problems are said to be getting ever worse. Millions if not billions of dollars have been given to indiginous organizations to try to improve the lives of Aboriginal people. But money hasn’t bought happiness, or even relief.

And the political correctness never ends. It’s a “correctness” that masks real causes and solutions and makes a very big deal out of symbolic gestures, such as the demand that white Australia says “Sorry!” for the “Stolen Generation” – a group of Aborigines who were allegedly taken unjustly from their families and raised in institutions or adopted by white families. Supposedly,the intent behind this stealing was to cause the indiginous people to blend into white society and hence to die out as a racial and cultural group.

I don’t know whether that was the government’s intention or not.  But given the widespread abuse of Aboriginal children today among their own people, it is not difficult to believe that the “Stolen Generation” might actually have been a rescued generation. I don’t want to deny that some people were stolen unjustly from loving homes or that some were taken and then mistreated. I don’t know what actually did happen. But I’m saying that I’m not comfortable buying the politically correct story as it’s offered today. I definitely need to know more.

Politics attracts demagogues looking for outrages to exploit, and encourages con artists who parade as victims for gain.  So it’s a bad idea to let knee-jerk compassion overrule careful consideration.

Here’s a fellow who has had extensive relations with the Aboriginal community. I’m linking to a particular article of his, but note that he has a whole category regarding  Aborigines. It’s a non-politically correct viewpoint he espouses. But I think he writes with a carefully considered, actually compassionate view of what’s been going wrong.

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  1. Sharon

    Having lived and worked with the Aboriginals in Arnem Land, I have my very own and strong views on many questions put before by various party’s…it is far too late to ponder the how’s and why’s or even the how to fix it..if you listen to them and hear what they say it is quite simple…all they wish for is to be left to their own ways and be afforded the respect for who they are and what they represent…too many do gooders have interfered in the past supposedly trying to make things better, when infact it has only served to allienate us all in many ways..

    My first encounter with the people of Arnem Land was one of total awe and wonder at how wonderfully well if left alone they can survive, it has been the outside influence of the white people that have caused many an uproar , introducing them to both drugs and booze…to see them in their natural enviroment, fishing, hunting and artwork is truly a wonderful and enlightning experience…to have the honour of sitting around a camp fire listening to the elders tell stories of old is even more of an inspiration…for the most part these are a gentle and loving people who are terrified of white society…it is mainly the half cast that are the problem…they are torn between two worlds and have no real place, theirs is the struggle to fit into the mainstream society and fight to be a part of it….but hey who made them like this?…interfering whites on many occassions, some raped and abused left pregnant and the few lucky ones who found happiness for themselves ignorant to the pain it could bring their offspring ,acceptance of them is usually low by the whites, preconcieved ideas are rampant among many of us…eg. the thought of having a black family move in next door and the usual reaction is one of panic and there goes the neighbourhood…reverse the situation and ask yourself how they would like it…lets face it, the best way to ruin an aboriginal neighbourhood is for the white man to move into it and take over….

    Who says because the colour of your skin is white that you know what is best for all mankind…being white certainly doesn’t make you right…it is the same for other countries too who treat their black people as lower class….it is not an aboriginal crisis of it’s own…

    Yes it is true that there is much crime and abuse among them, but hey what about us, do we too not have a high percentage of the same…and just to make matters worse and highlight them, many of our own shortcomings are from the people in high or trusted areas that we should think be the most honourable and protective…

    Aboriginals in remote areas are both frightened and niave when it comes to us whites, it was my experience when working with them that the ones from remote Islands were terrified not only of us but of other tribes…the ones who have experienced living in rural communities are confused and often hostile because of the way in which they are treated…some one once said to me, it is like taking wild animals out of the bush and trying to house train them…why would you want to do this?….but then you move out of the comfort zone of your home and into the bush and see how well you do…

    Putting wads of money into their hands, saying sorry,all this goes to easing the minds and consoling many ….trying to show the rest of the world that we are doing what WE deem best for them, all this is just a cover to try and put them somewhere or try to help them just to ease our guilt for the true way in which we feel about them and to hide them away so as not to be an embarressment….

    The ones I spoke to wanted simply to be left alone to live their lives the only way they knew how….yes help them when asked, but don’t interfere in their ways…are our ways that much better?….take a good look around, open your eyes to the shortcomings of our own generation before meddling with the lives of another…listen with open minds, see with honest eyes and hold out a hand in friendship and respect….

    I have copped abuse and critism for my views and even for my friendships when living with them, usually by ignorant and arrogant whites , the most torrid of views have been sprouted from a mouth that had consumed copous ammounts of liquor, what a joke…

    What I did learn was far more than I had bargained for, I was most lucky to be accepted and treated with the utmost respect…whilst I was seen as white supremecy by many at first, they soon came to know that I was nothing more than human like them…our colour was not the same, but our feelings and pain was…I was honored to be given an aboriginal name by one of the elders and that token of trust was more important to me that any other I can think of…I left there with a new understanding..a more compassionate heart and most of all a wisdom given to me by the true people of the land….

    In closing, just how do we as a white nation retaliate when another country or race disagree or threaten our very existance?????????
    Why… we go to war or join forces to fight with our fellow countries who happen to agree with us, or even if we don’t always agree, we still do to save face or because of some foregien policy that obligates us…and yet we call ourselves a peacemaking society….well aren’t we the lucky ones then, what would happen if our own people, yes aboriginals took up arms to fight us every time we did or said something that they did not agree with, or if they felt threatened by us….and God knows they have every right to feel that way………these are my own personal views and therefore I make no appologies for them……..

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