Tuesday, December 03, 2019

The Stolen Land

A young National (Country) Party member in Queensland has made a point about our Indigenous sports players not standing for our National Anthem at sporting events. The lad is young and probably from a privileged background. Perhaps we can forgive him his ignorance? Perhaps he needs a good slapping. I am not sure why Aborigines would stand for Australia's national anthem.

Until we white multi generational British Australians recognise that we did invade this country, with our killing guns and our sparkly trinkets, it is never going to be right. We have to feel guilt and a feeling of a need to make amends, never mind that neither you nor I were active participants.

Australia as we know it was a land of Aborigines and we came, reaped, sowed and dug, and we completely screwed up their lifestyle and Australia's fragile environment, that Aborigines managed to not affect for thousands of years.

Australia might be quite a good place to live, but recognition of the original Australians should not be forgotten and what we owe them.

So says Andrew who lives where there was probably a swamp where Aborigines fished and found birds and eels to eat and lived pretty well in their possum fur coats.

Yes, there is no turning back for Australia. It is what it now is but proper recognition is due.........and is happening but oh so slowly.

Just sayin'.




18 comments:

  1. There is an ongoing controversy in the USA about professional athletes, silently protesting during the national anthem, and they have a legitimate concern. If we have learned anything from the 20th century, it should have been that blind allegiance to government leads to atrocities.

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    1. Travel, yes that has been reported here. You may find this of interest. The Australian person has recently died. https://www.history.com/news/1968-mexico-city-olympics-black-power-protest-backlash

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  2. Everyone has opinions, many of which are ignorantly held and uttered...and many have cameras on their mobile devices, and ignorantly voice said opinions filming while doing so.

    Already that young bloke has seen the error of his ways; been made aware of his ignorance...and of his ignorance in filming said opinion. It is going to take him a long time to learn from this...if he ever does. That video has already taken on a life of its own. Perhaps not the way he had hoped he would go down in history!

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    1. Lee, that is what really gets to me. A probably intelligent young man was so stupid to say such a thing, whether he and his mates thought it or not, and it will dog him for the rest of his life unless he makes a sincere about face. Social media is quick and fast to judge and great care needs to be taken by young people.

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  3. Well said Andrew, I agree with everything you said. I remember Scott Morrison saying a while back what a horrible time his ancestors had on the journey here and thinking you've got to be kidding right!

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    1. Grace, I hadn't heard that. Not sure whether to laugh or cry.

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  4. Yeah, they have no reason to stand for the flag of European invaders. The originals maybe its their flag should fly.

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    1. Stayer, the Aboriginal flag is often flown here, in fact at the moment there is a dispute about it being flown on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but generally it is widely accepted.

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  5. Yes. Not only was I appalled at what that young man said, but also at the ready acceptance/agreement of his peers.

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    1. EC, members of a certain element of our society.

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  6. I don't think that particular slice of white privilege hit our airwaves, do you have a link? Here in Canada much the same, we slaughtered, sickened, raped, threw 1000s and 1000s into residential schools to "straighten" them out away from their "primitive" parents, and on and on. I'm amazed they don't turn around and slaughter us.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, this link should work. Interestingly our ABC, like you CBC has blurred out his face, but The Guardian hasn't. Yes, we heard quite of bit of your indigenous people's history when we in Canada, from themselves. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/03/young-liberal-national-party-leader-suspended-over-video-denigrating-indigenous-culture

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  7. I agree with you, and the ignorance and disrespect shown by the young LNP member is breathtaking.
    We could learn so much from the aboriginal people about land management in Australia. The degradation of the land and water since European settlement is shocking.

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    1. Cheryl, I so agree and while some great things have been done, it is not stopping.

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  8. Didn't hear or see that Andrew.
    Pity the authorities don't listen to the Aboriginals and burn the undergrowth in winter a tiny bit at a time as they do way up north..always see a small fire going in the bush up there.

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    1. Margaret, as you probably know, it is a bit harder to do that down south with the bush often damp or the fire danger high. Yes, the Aborigines used fire as a tool.

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  9. It's a world-wide happening Andrew. Wherever the white man has landed he has taken over with all the atrocities that follow his feeling of superiority. Why the heck is being white so "superior"? Why do white people think their culture and education is the only method worth following? why do they not see that the indigenous person has their own governing...I don't know where I'm going with this but you understand what I'm trying to say.

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  10. Well said. You could switch out the word Australia for Canada and it would apply.

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