Lets Stop Racism

Discussion in 'History' started by J.B, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. D'ster Registered Senior Member

    Well I just thought that it would be nice to ask how the Australia Aboriginal people felt about changing the ways of there culture to mimic the ways of another culture.

    But I see you believe the ways of your culture are so supreme that you will force other cultures to follow your ways.
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  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Who's asking them to change against their will?

    No. I'd like to see indigenous peoples get the same opportunities non-indigenous people get in Australia.
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  5. mountainhare Banned Banned

    While this is correct, it still remains a fact that there is a prevailing trend of child abuse, domestic abuse and violence in the Aboriginal communities up North.
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  7. D'ster Registered Senior Member

    Australian Aborigines become first target for “welfare reform”
    By Mike Head
    16 November 2004

    Leaked cabinet documents reveal that the Howard government intends to make Australia’s indigenous people a test case for a sweeping assault on the welfare system. The new regime involves intensive monitoring and control of the unemployed, disabled and other welfare recipients in Aboriginal communities, designed to force them off benefits and into low-wage jobs or small businesses.

    Among the measures are electronic “smartcards” to record and restrict what indigenous people buy using government-funded payments. “Work for the dole” and other “mutual obligation” programs will be extended to require individuals, families and entire remote communities to perform certain activities—including rubbish collection, crackdowns on school truancy and health checks—to qualify for government assistance.

    In the 1970s, the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) imposed forced-labour requirements on jobless Aboriginal workers, long before they were widened by the Keating Labor government’s “Working Nation” scheme in the early 1990s and the Howard government’s current Work for the Dole program.

    Under the proposals, parents will be obliged to ensure that children attend school and have regular health checks in exchange for parenting, rent assistance and other family payments. Those who fail to abide by such behavioural contracts will suffer sanctions that will only worsen their situation. Public housing tenants will even be punished by being denied repair work on their homes if their children do not go to school regularly.

    Council leaders also pledged to ensure that every child is showered daily and attends school, and that chronic eye, skin and worm infection rates are lowered. In return, the federal government would fund two-thirds of the cost of installing fuel bowsers at the community—a basic facility that all settlements should have in any case.

    Proposals include a “no school, no pool” system to reward school attendance by stopping children from visiting the community swimming pool if they do not attend classes. This will be reminiscent of the days, up until the 1960s, when Aboriginal children were barred from municipal pools because of the colour of their skin.

    Likewise, the “smartcard” plan smacks of the ration card and voucher systems formerly used to control indigenous people and confine them to cattle stations and other locations where they were employed, often on a semi-slave basis.

    Michael Sands, a local Aboriginal councillor at Yarrabah, south of Cairns, told journalists: “They are dictating to people what they can and cannot have and are more or less controlling your life for you. They are dictating to us how we can spend our money. It’s like the voucher system.”

    Just as the old paternalistic schemes were justified as beneficial for the well-being of Aborigines, who were depicted as primitives, today’s plans are presented as necessary to protect children from parental neglect and tackle alcohol and substance abuse.

    Can they get the opportunity to live life as they see fit for themselves?
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  8. D'ster Registered Senior Member

    He's going to tell you how it's the white mans fault.

    James really believes that the white man is so superiour that the white man can change a whole other peoples culture any way the white man wants.
  9. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member


    Yes, and chronic unemployment, lack of community services and educational facilities, and prevalent alcohol abuse and drug problems such as petrol sniffing. All these things are related to each other.


    I hope so. For example, many people would be happy to work for a better standard of living.

    That's dramatically over-simplifying, but it is partially true.

    Of course, you're fond of over-simplifying. You want to put everything down to skin colour.

    Depends what you mean by "culture". The fact is, as a group white people in Australia overwhelmingly control the resources of the nation, and distribution of wealth. If that affects culture (and I'm sure it does), then you're right.
  10. D'ster Registered Senior Member

  11. D'ster Registered Senior Member

    I think people that have low IQ's, "still have worth as human beings, and probably have other talents".
  12. lightsmitten Registered Member

    Australoids are interesting. Their brains are only 80 percent the size of Europeans' brains, but their visual cortex is 50% larger.
  13. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

    *resists urge to make joke in bad taste*

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