Black People : The Stolen Generation

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  1. RAPTOR

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    Aboriginal Children:
    A "Lost Generation"

    By Rebecca Burke and Tracy Lay,
    Bairnsdale Secondary College,
    Australia


    In this essay, we will be discussing the way that the Aboriginal people were treated in the years between 1885 and 1969. We will also be discussing the way that Aboriginal children were taken away from their families and forced to work as domestic servants and to live on the white peoples' government-controlled missions and reserves. This article will give some information about the shameful history of white Australians. In the state of New South Wales, Aboriginal tribes have been forced to leave their tribal lands and go onto government-controlled reserves. It was commonly believed by white settlers that the Aborigines would soon die off, and the reserve land would be sold and used for farming -- but, by the start of the 1900s, a new generation of Aboriginal children was growing up in the reserves. This fact, combined with the large-scale arrival of white immigrants from Europe, changed the Aboriginal life forever.

    When it became clear that the Aboriginal people would not die off, the protection board for the Aborigines decided to break up all Aboriginal communities. They would then sell the land to the newly arrived Europeans for farming. The board started by taking away all the rights from Aborigines to own or use reserve lands; the Aborigines could own nothing. The reserves were made a training ground for Aboriginal children to become servants. The protection board had plans to remove Aboriginal children from their reserves and place them under the control of white employers. After these children were removed, they were never allowed to return home.

    The white society thought it would be in the best interest of the child to remove her from the corrupting influence of her Aboriginal family; they would send the girls to an institution or foster home, and train her to become a servant. There were no rules or regulations for the treatment of the Aboriginal children who were sent to work.

    In the middle of the twentieth century, Aborigines worked for flour, sugar, and tea rations on the cattle stations of northern, central and western Australia. Aboriginal women on cattle stations often worked harder than the men, who were mostly stockmen. The women not only had hard domestic chores -- such as cooking, cleaning, washing, and caring for children -- but, they also worked as cattle drivers; with camel teams; as shepherds; road repairers; water carriers; house builders; and, gardeners. If they tried to escape, they were captured and beaten.

    It was the women who were responsible for keeping Aboriginal groups together in camps and on these properties. They cared for their children and for their men. The older women taught traditional skills and customs to the younger generation. Most girls who were removed from their white employers ended up in Sydney working for the middle-class white people. These girls usually were awakened before 5:30 AM to do all of the household jobs. Employers had the girls working seven days a week. They only got paid a small amount, and often got nothing. The middle-class whites didn't allow the girls to show any affection to white people, since they said it was like black rubbing off onto white. The Aboriginal people were just there to work.

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    The forced removal of indigenous children happened in every state and territory of Australia. The separation of Aboriginal children started in Victoria and New South Wales as early as 1885 and, in some states, was not stopped until the 1970s. About 85% of Aboriginal families have been affected in some way, either by having children taken away from them or by being forced to make major decisions to avoid having their children taken. Mothers of some Aboriginal children would cover their fair-skinned children with black clay, hide them in trees, behind sand dunes, or in hollow logs. Families were moving constantly, to keep one step ahead of "welfare." Some families said that they were Italian, Maori, or Greek, leaving their true identity to themselves to escape the strict control of the white "protector."

    The removal of these children from their families affected more than just a few people. In New South Wales, the government estimated that, in New South Wales alone, there were at least 8,000 Aboriginal children who had been taken away from their families between 1885 and 1996. Aboriginal children were often taken for being "neglected." The missions and reserves were often the places where the Aborigines would eventually die off.


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    http://www.iearn.org/hgp/aeti/aeti-1998-no-frames/aboriginal-children.htm
     
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    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks for this important post

    This is a real outrage and please update concerning the situation with these children and the families

    The beautiful thing of the www,

    is that it will in these times of global economic decline IMHO bring all black folks African and Others closer together,
    and common solutions to help each other for mutual benefit, safety, prosperity and upliftment!


    An injury to one is an injury to all!
     
  3. RAPTOR

    RAPTOR Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Uuuhhh....,Huh????

    ...Lost me, guy.
     
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    Sorry, you know this knucka never proof read before posting

    Please update regarding this ish, since the last dates mentioned where the late 90s

    and ways folks can help, or organizations to support
     
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    No need to "update". Just wanted to post a relatively little known fact of
    how europeans got down in the down under. If folks find this piece of
    history interesting, I trust that they will investigate further.
     
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