Prior to the opening to the 2008 session the Australian parliament apologized to the Aborigines for past assimilation policies. “We apologize for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.”
“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry,” it says. “And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted upon a proud people and proud culture, we say sorry.”
Hurt, degradation and humiliation. These actions correspond unfortunately to our reality, to the esteem in our society, the missing esteem nota bene. If power is built up, while others are degraded, then its foundation is fluctuating like sand. If power is built up on esteem, its foundation is strong like rock.
If you’re interested in the history of the Aboriginal Australians, this book is highly recommended:
Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788
- Author: Richard Broome
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin; 4 edition, May 1, 2010
- Paperback, also available as ebook
- 336 pages
“Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style . . . an important work of great scholarship, passion and imagination.” —Professor Lynette Russell, Center for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University
This book does a good job of covering a very complex topic from a perspective often not taken. I found it to be well balanced, giving credit and culpability in equally conservative degrees.
This book has given me an insight to the atrocities that Aborignal people lived through in the early days of “our” colony. I am grateful that Richard Broome has written such an honest book.
Was a better and historical version of Australia than the ones I had read. Gave me a clearer picture of the Aboriginies of Australia.