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The lost generation - Kidnapping in the name of the Law.

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David Schuster Soc 320 Dr. Roger Batz 12-May-03 The Lost Generation: Kidnapping in the name of the Law The definition of "kidnapping" in the dictionary means: To seize and detain unlawfully and usually for ransom. Then if you continue this path and look up "ransom" you will probably find a definition written down as: The price or payment demanded or paid for such release. When I think about the Lost Generation several questions cross my mind such as: what was the ransom for the Lost Generation? Can we talk about a united Australia today? How hard will it be for the government and population to forget this past? Are millions of dollars of compensation enough for all those terrible acts that the Church, Government and other Institutions have committed? The situation today is not much better as we hoped for. This paper will show that the racial problems in Australia are still dominant among the people. It will show what has become of the Lost Generation and all that is in contact with this horrible past, which many Australians cannot forget. "Rabbit Proof Fence" is a movie that deals with the Lost Generation. This movie focuses on three little girls who run away from an institution that was there to educate, Christianize and force them to become slaves in the white world. ...read more.

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On one hand, looking forward and forgetting the past might be good to help the nation heal from the mistakes made earlier, but on the other hand it will be hard to correct those mistakes if they do not want to face them and learn from them. The best way to learn from our mistakes is to look back and acknowledge both our successes, and failures learn from them and finally move on. As we can see, the government represents the voice of the white majority in Australia, therefore the "legacy of Aboriginal suffering does not attract the same attention or culpability in the eyes of the wider Australian public,"3 says Ian McIntosh about the mood of the majority in his book Aboriginal Reconciliation and the Dreaming. What is interesting to see, is how the Aborigines felt or still feel. The Aborigines don't really agree to those statements made by their white oppressors. Mr. Moriarty said, "It was an insidious, arrogant policy that amounted to cultural genocide." (Micheal Richardson) In the same article we later found out that the mainstream of Aboriginal youth suffered long term physiological diseases caused during that time. The refusal of the government to apologize was another reason for the Aborigines to revolt against the present leaders. As we can note, the government of Australia is not really representing the democracy that we hoped for. ...read more.

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In an article of the Australian Humanities Review it actually says that "The paternalism of the old Empire has not entirely disappeared in Australia in the nineties."5 The reporter of that same article even goes so far to say that the question of racism "will raise and rise until Australia answers them and discovers ways to make good in the present the errors committed in the past."(Carmel Bird) Aborigines from different tribes are facing different racial problems such as the mining problem I mentioned earlier. The mining is a very clear example of how the government still functions today. In my point of view there is no change that has happened. The government still does not really care about the lives of Aborigines and does not see them as developed. We can see that racism is still playing a very big part in Australian society. Although a lot of work is needed t heal the racial situation in Australia, I believe that the Aborigines in time will be able to fight for their rights. 1 "Australia Film Confronts Treatment of Aborigines" by Shawn Donnan, Christian Science Monitor Feb. 20, 2000 2 "A witness From Australia's Stolen Generation" by Micheal Richardson,International Herald Tribune Sept. 17 2000 3 "Aboriginal Reconciliation and the dreaming" by Ian S. McIntosh 4 "Kakadu forth fighting for." Philip Shirvington, CEO,ERA, May 1997 5 "An extraxt from Carmel Bird's introduction to: The Stolen Children-Their Stories" by Carmel Bird Http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/AHR/archive/issue-february-1998/bird.html ...read more.

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