I mean no disrespect to anyone who supports reconciliation week, but I no longer participate. It’s hard to maintain hope when there’s scant signs of achieving justice.
Despite the corporate sloganeering of recent years, the AFL has a chequered history when it comes to the treatment of racism in sport.
It isn’t enough to learn about Aboriginal history to create true understanding. We also need to examine the lens through which history is viewed… White supremacy (and Social Darwinism) still shapes much of the way White Australia sees Aboriginal peoples, cultures and history.
For most of the twentieth century, Aboriginal children were removed for a number of reasons. ‘For their own good’ was not one of them.
Two of the most popular phrases in Australia, that could not be further apart. One that implores us to honour our history and those who were a part of it, while the other not only ignores a comparable history but aggressively dismisses it and admonishes those who would honour it.
On the anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report – we say no more to paternalistic policies that undermine our families and communities.