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Racism In Australia

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Racism in Australia Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let us go out to the field.' And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. The Lord said to Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?' He said, 'I do not know; am I my brothers keeper?' and the Lord said, 'what have you done? Listen; your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground! And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand... Then Cain went away from the presence of the Lord. (Genesis 4:8-11, 16 NRSV) It's a story about conflict - between two different cultures of ways of relating to the earth. Abel was a shepherd, Cain an Agriculturist. It's a story-in-miniature of the bloodstained history of the human race. A very good morning ladies and gentlemen, today, my colleagues and I will be giving you a presentation on racism. ...read more.

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In 1920 that number had fallen to 60,000. In 1971 Aboriginals were included in the national census for the first time. British settlement began in Van Dieman's Land in 1803-1804. Massacres began on the 3rd of May 1804 at Risdon when 102 Regiment of the British Army shot dead 50 Oyster Bay people, including women and children. The Tasmanians had approached without spears and with green boughs in their hands, as a sign of piece. The commanding officer said afterwards he didn't think the aborigines would be any use to the British. The Black war lasted seven years (1824-1831). Both sides committed atrocities, but although black men were castrated and black women were raped, there wasn't any record of rape committed by Aboriginals towards any white women. Governor George Arthur mobilized all available settlers and convicts to form the infamous 'black line', with 2200 men moving across the island over a six-week period, to try in a pincer movement to herd the remaining Aboriginals to the south east. ...read more.

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Today, racism is still at large in Australia. Especially with people like Pauline Hanson trying to become the prime minister. However, the violence has slimmed down than before. Sadly, Aboriginals and Asians are still the target for abuse in Australia. In the notes that I had passed you earlier, there is a short paragraph about an elderly Vietnamese couple that had recently moved to an outer suburb in one of Australia's capital cities with their three grown-up children. After only three weeks of staying there, rocks were thrown into the their front windows of the bedroom and lounge. The second attack was spray paint all over the front of their house; the graffiti consisted of the words 'Asians Out'. The last attack was when rubbish was dumped onto their garden. The family moved out shortly after that. A lot of Asians have suffered the consequences of Australia's harsh attitude towards racism. Some white people haven't faired well especially when they support the aboriginals and the Asians. Not surprisingly, most Asians can remember the name Pauline Hanson rather than Australia's prime minister. ...read more.

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