Sonntag, 17. Januar 2016

'No More Boomerang' - The Survivors of the White Man's Cruelty in Australia and How to Help

With this semester being my very last semester of high school, there comes the time in which I need to focus on my final graduation exams. This year's main topic for my English Advanced class is Globalization and Australia. So with that, the last few weeks I spent my time combing through anything Australia-related, in particular the dark history of Europeans settling into the country.

Granted, I didn't knew much about how the situation of the Indigenous people in Australia was, but as I was researching it turns out to be even more grueling than in the US. The usual relocation into reserves were there, yes, but what I find even more horrible was what is now called the 'Stolen Generation'. Back in the early years of the 20th century the Australian government made it legal to take Indigenous babies and children from their families into foster homes or white families to raise them 'the Christian way'. Indigenous babies could been made wards of the state the moment they were born. Not only did it rip apart entire communities, it was also clearly a demonstration of the White settlers superiority. The mere fact that they saw the 'Aboriginality' as a problem to society and the White ways as the only socially acceptable way is absoluterly inconceivable and disgusting.
This video explains and shows the situation of the 'Stolen Generation' from the victim's perspective:
Gotta admit, this made me sniffel more than once.

The law has been banned just around 40 years ago, but the Indegenous children and families' suffering is still present. Only 2008 the first formal apology has been issued by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. However, there is nothing much done by just a single apology. The Indigenous people are still the most disadvantaged minority in Australia, living on the margins of society.. So therefore I would like to direct y'all towards several charities and foundations, that support Indigenous communities and maintain their culture:

Indigenous Literacy Foundation
This foundation provides books and literacy resources for Indigenous kids and families in remote communites (and with Australia being one of the biggest countries with the sparsest population there are a lot!). With $140 you are able to buy a 'Book Buzz' pack for one child, but regualar donations are also possible. Also, they sell books and goods written by Indigenous children to support and encourage writing.

Reconciliation Australia
Established by the former Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, this organisation promotes reconciliation between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians to work for an united future.

Yothu Yindi Foundation
One of the few Indigenous-run organisations. The foundation is led by the community leaders of five regional clan groups. They provide an education hub for cultural knowledge through the 'bush university'. In the summers they also held an annual 'Garma Festival of Traditional Culture' as an Indigenous cultural exchange event with its goal to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through youth forums, art gallery, music, film, song, dance and expo.

These are only three from many other charitable organisations. If you would like to see a longer list of organisations click here.

If this blog post did motivate you to donate for an Indigenous cause, I am happy to be the person to have led you that way. Tell me your thoughts about Australia's Indigenous people's situation!


PS: The headline 'No More Boomerang' is taken from a poem with the same title from Oodgeroo (formerly Kath Walker) depicting the sufferings of the Indigenous people through the White settlement and how it changed their lives. Look it up, it has an interesting twist at the end!

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