Children have been taken from their parents, they have been humiliated. They have shot down until not one Aborgine was left in Tasmania. Even though all te worst of it has been over for the Aborigines - but has all wrongs been righted? One of the most inhumane practices of white settlement in Australia would be the taking of the Aboriginal children from their families. Some Aboriginal children were brought up to feel ashamed of their race and heir colour.
The assimilation program was a way to turn these Aboriginal children and essential “turn them white”; this can be seen as a violation of human rights and international law. The Aboriginals had virtually no rights when it came to starting a family and the stolen generation was used to show Australia the atrocities that have been happening in this country for two hundred year... ... middle of paper ... ...mismanagement of the economy. Under Whitlam there was widespread unemployment and inflation and several scandals in his ministry that eventually became his downfall. Gough Whitlam did however introduce major policies that shaped Australia’s development into what it is today. Gough Whitlam made major social, economic and cultural reforms that continue in Australia today such as free university and health care.
Also there was so much discrimination against Aboriginals; many times Canadians would say the phrase “Kill the Indians” which showed how much hatred was shown to Aboriginals. The Canadian government funded all the expenses for residential schools, which wasn’t a whole lot of money becaus... ... middle of paper ... ...was shown over and over again how it emotionally and physically scarred the children which paid a huge role in having them lose their Aboriginal identity. The breakdown of Aboriginal family was a long term effect of the residential schools, the children lost their language, culture, spiritual beliefs, and traditional ways of subsistence. They knew nothing of family life, family values, structure or parenting skills. Many would raise their future children in the same harsh and abusive ways they were taught in the residential schools.
For the Aboriginal people killing animals for food and building shelters is a ritual and, very much, a cultural and spiritual journey. Indigenous people were restricted and prohibited from practicing their traditional culture, which resulted in the loss of their identity and limited the cultural knowledge for future generations. The Indigenous culture was attacked in an effort to make the Indigenous people more European. Their identity was threatened by giving them settler names, clothes, and removing them from their traditional lands and placing them on centralised reserves among other Indigenous people from many different tribes. This policy of segregation had an enormous impact on the lives of Aborigines.
The non-indigenous started to use the land in their own way because Australia was seen as unused and this led to a concept of Terra Nullius (land belong to no one or land that no one owned). The new settlement of whites had devastating impact on indigenous people. Vast number of aboriginal people died after involvement in devastating conflicts with modern settlers and the exposure to diseases also contributed in numbers of deaths. The aboriginal population in 1788 was 1,000,000 (estimated) and by 1900 it had been reduced to 60,000 and there was a threat that this race will extinct soon. The ignorance of whites in past was resulting in creating more difficulties for Aboriginals to survive.
The effects of the European Settlement on the Indigenous people of Australia was devastating. When white people began arriving in Australia, the Aboriginal people believed them to be ghosts of ancestor spirits. However, once they realised the settlers were invading their land, the Aborigines became, understandably, hostile (Slater & Parish, 1999, pp.8-11). The arrival of the first fleet in Australia brought about the destruction of Aboriginal society. Clashes between the settlers and Aborigines led to bloodshed on both sides.
(Mabo v Queensland 2013) Marbo was not happy when they took his land illegally and he thought he has his rights to go and fight to get the land back and he did not find it fair at all and he thought it was wrong. It was not fair when all the white people went and took away children from there parents and it was not fair... ... middle of paper ... ...t moment for the Australian history and governments history. It was a good thing that happened too because if they said no to Marbo and gave the land to the miners the land would be dug up and destroyed and it would not have been nice for the indigenous peoples land to be dug up and it would not be fair to them either. The Mabo decision was influential in engendering a new national narrative focused on inclusivity, the correction of past injustices and the will make and improve the lives of all Australians regardless of the cultural and historical differences. What my opinion on Eddie Marbo and what he did for the Australian Ingenuous people is that I recon he did very well getting the ingenuous rights through the government and I also recon he is a legend for Australia and standing up to government and he changed history for Australia and he should be remembered.
The whites believed that they were the dominant culture and their way of life and culture was the only way. Throughout the stolen generation the Australian public were led to believe that Aboriginal children were disadvantaged in their own homes and would benefit more in a white household. The “Aboriginal Protection Board” believed that if the children were living in white families being separated from their families, community, land and culture it would eventually phase out the indigenous peoples. However this decision to remove the children was not beneficial and has caused much hatred from the Aboriginals toward the Australian government. Focus Question 2- What were the consequences of the Stolen Generation?
Realising he is relatively powerless against the oppressing white society Jimmy continues to treat the white authority with contempt, voicing the discrimination he feels: “You reckon blackfellas are bloody mugs. Whole town knows why we’re goin. ‘Coz Wetjalas in this town don’t want us’ ere, don’t want our kids at the school, with their kids, and old Jimmy Mitchell’s tight’ coz they reckon Bert ‘Awke’s gonna give him a hidin’ in the election.” This illustrates the animosity towards Aboriginals throughout whi... ... middle of paper ... ...at the aboriginality and all its cultural elements are rapidly being disintegrated through the oppression and forcefulness of the historical practice of assimilation used by the Dominant white society. In addition this influences the audience to feel compassion towards Aboriginals in their ongoing fight for survival in the cultural prison they are in. Through the construction of such characters as Jimmy and Gran the audience is influenced to see the horrendous efforts of the dominant white society in order to assimilate, subjugate and marginalise Aboriginals.
I belong in my own neighbourhood. This is where I’m supposed to be.” (Kozol, 176) This is the common reality that plagues the adults. Consequently, a society that discriminates against people due to their skin colour and status contributes to the negative way these children think. If the adults are having a difficult time dealing with the issues already, what possibly could be on the minds of their children? Majority of the children believe they do not fit the social norms of the American society and therefore are treated like outcasts.