Right, let me state right up front this isn’t a WoW post, it’s a post about hatred and my hatred of people that are depicted in this series that were in the best cases misguided to the point of hatred, but in the worst were hatred incarnate.
If you thought Australia’s history was about convicts, the poor deported, you are wrong. the history is about the disposed.
To think that I was proud that my great-grandmother went and marked out a selection for my grandfather.
I know the truth now.
It wasn’t his land.
When I was in South Africa I visited the Apartheid Museum and was disgusted, yet, I had no understanding of the atrocities committed in my “own” land.
I think this series is the 1st time I have seen Godwin’s law invoked and it mean something, the argument isn’t lost, it just strengthens the hypocrisy of the Australian people.
I was born in the year that the First Australians were first given some initial recognition, the right to be counted in a census. No I am not old, but it appears I live in a country that is still backward. (At the time, students from Sydney were fighting for the rights of American Blacks, until it was suggested they look closer to home)
Coming from an English/Irish ancestry, I struggle after watching the videos I link below, to honor the white fella blood in my son. It feels much better to honor the Indian blood, the Indian culture.
The stories are not pretty, they discuss the fate of the traditional owners of the land I call home, owners for some 40,000+ years that were disposed by people that have been here for little over 200 years. They discuss the stories of people, that for all that things have changed, really aren’t in a significantly better position than they were 43 years ago, 100 years ago, 200 years ago.
The history depicted in these stories is not the history that I was taught at school and to be honest, I doubt it is taught now. Considering it took until 2 years ago for the Australian government to utter one simple word…
I doubt that even this current government has changed the “noble” white fella history taught in schools, to reveal the brutal black fella history.
The 3rd episode, Freedom for our lifetime, is set primarily in my state, and my city, in the very suburbs that I have lived in for all of my life. My land, My house, My home, is on their land. Taken long ago to be sure, yet still their land. To think we reduced the black fella’s numbers in Victoria from 60,000+ to 300. Thank god they survived, against the odds, against the white fella’s wishes.
Too many words of my own, when they can tell their tale better than I ever will.
Each episode is about an hour – so…
7 hours worth of hard viewing.
They can be downloaded onto you iPhones, iPods your whatevers.
I don’t recommend them if you are in a poor emotional state.
I do recommend it if you are Australian, or care about atrocities that humans can commit in the name of civilization.
You can get the vodcasts by clicking on any of the images in this post:
Gnomer and Out!
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