I wrote this in response to this article.
What rubbish. The entire thing. First of all it was invasion, plain and simple. Aborigines were murdered/slaughtered. Not by the hundreds. Not by the thousands. We are talking twenty thousand murders. Hundreds of thousands more died due to diseases *we* brought over. Educate yourselves.
Then they were shackled. Their kids taken from them. They have shorter life expectancies than us. Higher suicide rates than us. They have ten times the imprisonment rate than us. Now you expect them to be happy about the situation? And you still want to celebrate it? How can you? Yes it is insensitive. I wonder: is it so hard to change what you were taught at school, your ‘traditions’? It ought not to be. It ought not to be.
Did they even have a choice? No, they didn’t. I say again: were they given a choice? No they weren’t. They were just shot at. I think it’s time we had the balls and owned up to it.
I wouldn’t mind so much except that modern technology hasn’t even proven itself to be truly sustainable in the long run. Do we seriously think we can carry on this way for 40,000 years? If you think that, you haven’t read enough. Because if you ask me, ‘developments’ aren’t really ‘developments’ at all. For every ‘development’, yet another species is lost. How’s that for development? So I don’t think we’re a ‘superior’ race at all. Quite the opposite. We invent things and we don’t even know what the consequences will be. We don’t even think about it. We have no concept of what future generations will inherit.
I don’t really want to even associate with clueless bogans, if this is what they stand for. Party all you want, it’s your ‘right’. But I certainly won’t be. I used to like Australia day but guess what? I’ve learned things and I’ve changed. It’s not even that hard to change, is it? Is it? Ultimately I think conservative people need to learn a bit more empathy if they want to be taken seriously.