Aboriginal apology: a sorry spectacle
Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2008
By Tara McCormack
Tuesday 19 February 2008
Kevin Rudd's celebrated utterance of the S-word for past wrongs against aboriginal communities was deeply paternalistic.
Last week, Kevin Rudd, Australian prime minister and head of the incumbent Labor government, offered a much-anticipated and widely-celebrated apology to Australia's indigenous people (1). He apologised in particular to the 'stolen generations' – the thousands of aboriginal children who were taken from their families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and sent to white families, foster homes or church missions. Some claim this policy was an attempt to assimilate aboriginals into white society; others say it was a plain, eugenic campaign to eradicate aboriginal people. However one views it, there's no doubt that it was often cruel and brutal. Aboriginal people have historically suffered greatly at the hands of the white settlers; for example, they only gained full voting rights in the early 1960s.
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