Australia Perpetuates Cultural Genocide Through Forced Removal of Aboriginal Youth
The taking of Aboriginal children from their families and communities is occurring at five times the rate it was in 1997 when the Australian government released the report “Bringing Them Home” about the “Stolen Generation”—the approximately 50,000 mixed-race, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were removed from their families in an effort to “assimilate” them into white culture.
The report labeled this government-sanctioned effort to encourage 'past-Aborignal' children to take their place in white Australian society as “genocide,” reported John Pilger, an Australian-born filmmaker and author, for Truth-Out.org.
As of June last year, Pilger states, nearly 14,000 Aboriginal children have been “removed” from their parents, siblings and relatives. While Aboriginal children account for a mere 3 percent of the Australian population, they make up a third of all children in state custody.
This “breeding out the color”, as one chief protector of Aborigines describes it, is influenced by the same eugenics movement as the Nazis, Pilger states, and it continues today under euphemisms like “reconciliation” and “Stronger Futures.”
If forced removal persists at the present rate, “this mass removal of Aboriginal children will result in a stolen generation of more than 3,300 children in the Northern Territory alone,” Pilger writes.
Prior to the late 1990s, Aborigine children were widely regarded as “morally deficient,” explains the “Bringing Them Home” report, and the government perpetuated the belief that they were helping disadvantaged children at risk in their own communities by adopting them into white families or government institutions.
In reality, these children of Aboriginal descent were oftentimes abused and received a “lower standard of education or sometimes no education at all, when compared with the standard of education available to white Australian children,” according to the National Sorry Day Committee. “In Western Australia, for example, once removed, children were often placed in dormitories, trained as farm labourers and domestic servants, and by the age of 14 were sent out to work.”
Children were also encouraged to abandon and deny their Aboriginal heritage and language and adopt western values and customs.
As one woman from New South Wales, who was removed at the age of 3 in 1946, testified to the National Sorry Day Committee:
I led a very lost, confused, sad, empty childhood, as my foster father molested me. I remember once having a bath and my clothes on ‘cause I was too scared to take them off. I was scared of the dark ‘cause my foster father would often come at night. I was scared to tell anyone ‘cause I once attempted to tell the local Priest at the Catholic church and he told me to say ten Hail Mary’s for telling lies. So I thought this was how ‘normal’ non-Aboriginal families were. I was taken to various doctors who diagnosed me as ‘uncontrollable’ or ‘lacking in intelligence’.
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