The ‘black armband’ view of Australian history

“A very substantial majority of the Aboriginal people died in the years following the invasion. Killing was both official and private. “My father used to round you mob up and shoot you for Saturday and Sunday entertainment.” This was uttered by a school mate of a recent head of ATSIC (the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission).
One does not visit the sins of the father upon the son.

Yet, there are Australians today who attempt to defend the historical brutality that led to women and children being shot without compunction, and large numbers of fellow humans being killed through the use of poison. What sort of humans were the early arrivals that they could do this? What does it say about their origins, the way they lived before arriving in Australia, and their moral and cultural values? Why were these casual killers so debauched?

Refusing to accept that the indigenes got the rough end of the pineapple collectively, whilst their women were collaterally used freely to create a new creole people, some modern moral purists argue that the major cause of the initial near-extinction of the indigene was not slaughter but disease. One of these iconoclasts even claimed that it was the Chinese and other Asians who had brought the deadly diseases to Australia. How many Chinese did Cortez take with him into America?

Another defender of ethnic cleansing claimed that the Aborigines should thank God that they were “displaced by Christian people”. On the contrary, I think that the Indians and Chinese might have treated the indigenes better. Their historical record, from the Arabian Sea to the Gulf of Tonkin, down to Bali, suggests that.”

(This extract is from Chapter 3 ‘To have a dream’ in ‘Hidden Footprints of Unity.’

It is truly amazing that there should be so much residual antipathy today towards the Australian indigene. Generation after generation, Australian Aborigines are becoming ‘more like us’ (the basal requirement of the superior white); in fact, most urban residents look like tinted Europeans or Indians. If they are not tinted and yet claim to be Aborigines, they can be disparaged.

There is far too much prejudice in this land, which is yet collecting tinted foreigners by the planeload. How explain the prejudice towards their own tinted ones?)

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