Posted by: reisendame | January 30, 2008

Ghosts of “stolen generations” still haunt Australians

On Feb 13, the newly-elected Australian Parliament plans to formally apologize to the Aborigines for past leaders’ practices of essentially kidnapping children of mixed descent, declaring them to be wards of the state.

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

What to do about the “stolen generations” of the 19th and 20th centuries has been under debate since the 1997 report “Bringing them Home” exposed the injustices and inhumane treatment towards native Australians in what some have called genocidal attempts towards racial cleansing.

Believe it or not, some Australians are angry about the apology. This video blogger asks “Who should we say sorry to? NOBODY!”According to him, the stolen children were “possibly” being saved from abuse and had been introduced to a world of white-people benefits.

According to the ’97 report, 25% of no less than 100,000 children had reported sexual abuse while they were wards of the state.

This guys strikes me as being both pompous and racist, and needs more facts to back up his ignorant claims. History can never truly be re-written, so kudos to Parliament for finally atoning for the past.

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