February 17, 2008

Apologies aren't enough

Wendyl Nissen:  Sorry, but Aussies have a very long way to goI'm glad that seven years after I witnessed the march across the Sydney Harbour Bridge demanding an apology for the treatment of Aboriginals someone has finally got around to it.

But making it all about the lost generation is very convenient. It points the finger at a bunch of British-influenced Government officials who took Aboriginal children from their families. Definitely needs an apology, but what about the rest of the past 200 years of deep racism, certain apartheid and wilful neglect shown by Australians towards these people?

Who will apologise for that situation and who will take responsibility and remedy the fact that every day, white Australians, as they have done for the past two centuries, prefer their Aboriginals to be neither seen nor heard?

1 comment:

russell said...

Writerfella here --
Apologies or no, Australia or no, the most prominent word in such affairs is, 'non-binding.' That means that EuroMan is free to offer the olive branch or to take it away anytime that he so shall deem. What, therefore, has been changed? The Native Americans soon shall be visited by an American resolution by the Congress of the United States, and that same word 'non-binding' is present there, as well. Hmm..
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'