I hope you watched first contact. It was a great series. It shows just how racism is still alive and well in Australia. As many nationalities know we have a bigotry problem in Australia. That program made many people face their own issues as they went on the journey with the six then five white Australians. They slowly changed their minds. I think that it was because they met average everyday Aboriginal people. They didn’t meet the academics or the politicians and lobbyists. They met people they could relate to.
AT the start the views of the young woman Beau-Dean. not sure if I am even spelling her name, we so old school racist. I was shocked that someone so young had those views I had thought that over the years some of the younger generations had a chance to see things in different eyes to their parents and grandparents.
I liked that it was a journey for the Aboriginal people in the show as well, they learnt something too. We live in White society yet we don’t get them. We laugh at them, we get outraged at their views. We know some and like them and get on really well with them. But to see those Aboriginal participates speaking after was wonderful. That was true reconciliation.
I would have liked in the final rundown on Insight to find out if any of them had kept in touch. If any of the White people had reached out to their own local Aboriginal Communities, just changed something like say “Hi” to an Aboriginal mum at school, or talk to some one. If they Joined a Reconciliation group.
For those six it was a big step for them to agree to participate and their words will change more opinions in the country than ours. Because they can be vocal and say they know the stereotypes are people. That there are problems but the people themselves are trying to fix it themselves. That we do things without government funding to help our own.
Maybe we need this experiment ran again, maybe just once a year. Next time they could look at the Torres Strait Islander people and see and hear what they go through.
But to jump to something else. I was amazed at a comment by Stan Grant that he felt more Australian when he was overseas than when he is here. I totally agree with that. When we go overseas after you get over the “Oh there are black people in Australia” people want to know our story our history and take care of us. We can sit down with backpackers from around the world including Australia and sing “Waltzing Matilda”. But back to Stan’s words doesn’t it resonate with hour our diggers were treated? Equal over seas, different back home. Same red blood running on foreign ground from a gunshot as is running down the drains of the city streets when you get bashed.
So First Contact a must! I think every school in Australia should watch it.