@ Jakub Baranski: The majority of the roughly 600,000 Australians, …

Comment on How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy? by Rose Jones.

@ Jakub Baranski: The majority of the roughly 600,000 Australians, out of 24 million, who register Aboriginal ancestry are doing fine. Many better than the average.
On your journey you saw more of the tiny minority who are struggling. Similar struggles are seen in the United States and Canada with their native peoples for the same sorts of reasons – lack of integration into the broader community.
One reason why most are doing fine in Australia is that in the past integration / assimilation was expected. Indeed, it was seen as a positive thing to move from a stone-age tribal life into the then modern world.
The irony is while some now criticise the British for striving to help Aborigines achieve this in the past, we spend millions still trying to help those living in Third World countries, do the same thing.
In the 19th century someone half Aboriginal and half European was considered to be European unless they lived a traditional Aboriginal lifestyle where extra support and benefits were provided. Once someone was self-sufficient they could leave this category behind and be like anyone else. Most did.
Today someone may be eligible for benefits with so little Aboriginal ancestry it is ridiculous for them to label themselves as such. But some do.
The issue is vastly more complex that you would have found it on your journey but your observations are worth reading.

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How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
@ Kieran Finnane: Since all humans, African, European, Asian etc., at the same stone-age level of development had primitive canoes as Aborigines possessed in 1788, then why do we not also include those forms of maritime travel in all exhibits?
Indeed, the many different Aboriginal peoples who lived close to water were more than happy to accept the better-made canoes offered by the British.
No doubt they should be included in the exhibit along with the carved bark shapes which made do as canoes for Aborigines.


How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
Seeing how some Australians with Aboriginal ancestry live in Alice Springs etc., gives a distorted perception of how the majority of the roughly 600,000 Australians who register this ancestry are living and have been for a long time.
Most are doing fine and are well integrated into the broader community Aboriginal in ancestry which further confuses the whys and wherefores of dysfunction in a minority.


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Ted Egan: Forget splitting hairs, counting drops of blood.
@ Ted Egan,

A lot of what you say makes sense but have you seriously thought about the racist nature, shades of eugenics, of your statement:
I am very proud to have a link to my privileged granddaughter. Jessica’s parents are my daughter Jacki and Malcolm, her First Australian father.
Your argument is that a small part of her ancestry is somehow a privilege and superior to others. Seriously?
You are saying Australians who do not have Aboriginal ancestry are inferior and unprivileged. The fact is, with so much intermixing over centuries, a lot of Australians, maybe most, would have some Aboriginal ancestry, albeit minimal.
But to claim superiority for an accident of birth takes us back to less enlightened times. If I have a Royal ancestor am I privileged and superior?
Do we have a ranking to follow of which Aboriginal tribes would be deemed superior in 1788 because their ancestors got here earlier? I mean, do we really want a citizenship based on ancestral longevity?
If someone finds an Aboriginal ancestor are they suddenly privileged and superior to the rest? Such an attitude lays a very destructive foundation which has no place in a civilized world.


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