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Over the last few decades there have been two main schools of thought about how
to deal with the Aborigines: mainstreaming and curation.
The mainstreamers believe that Aborigines are pretty much the same as the
'good white folk' but are just deprived of the opportunity to be 'just like
us'. It stands to reason that anyone who didn't spend 40+ hours every week
working their way to an early grave so they could pass an aging Mac-mansion, a
second-hand 4WD and an outdated plasma TV to their surly ungrateful children
hadn't been given the opportunity to do so.
The curationists, on the other hand, realize the folly of this way of
thinking. It stands to reason for them that all Aborigines are victims of a
dreadful violation (the invasion of the white men). The Aborigines clearly want
nothing more than to return to their idyllic life of banging rocks together, mutilating
each other's genitals, making up children's stories about 'the dreamtime'
and shivering under lousy pieces of fur before dying of the first infection or
injury around the age of 40.
In fairness, the many enlightened Australians recognized the folly of both
these schools of thought, and believe that (in true cultural relativistic
style) that the truth lies somewhere in between: that the government had to buy
them Mac-mansions and 4WD and subsidize their mutilating
each other's genitals. Unfortunately many Aborigines learned that drinking
alcohol was more fun than genital mutilation, and that the dream time was
simply no substitute for a drunken stupor. And mainstream Australia has been
ringing its collectivist hands ever since.
Just recently this has broken out into yet another slanging match between
Indigenous Affairs Minister Amanda (The Killer While) Vandstone and the entire
federal opposition. The Killer Whale said
supporting the 1,000 smaller homelands across Australia might make people feel
good but it is not viable to provide services such as water and sewerage.
and that she
also wants Aboriginal children in remote Australia to have the same
opportunities as other Australians to move to cities and join professions such
as medicine or law.
What an outrage! Chris (Snaggy) Evans replied
It's very insulting to Aboriginal people, it fails to recognise their
relationship with the land, it fails to recognise their independent abilities
to decide where they want to live, and it's a real slap in the face for any
recognition of their culture. I think it's pretty insulting.
And it gets worse. A new
report has recommended camping at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy (pictured
above) in Canberra be banned!
Federal Territories Minister Jim Lloyd says the consultant's report calls for
an educational centre to be built on the site.
What a great idea! A 'mainstreamed', affirmative-action educated Aboriginal could lecture fellow
Australians on the merits of keeping his fellow Aboriginals curated.
Surely a win for both sides.