Monday, July 05, 2010

Modern Myth: 'Generations' of Aboriginal children were 'stolen'

 Roger Sandall reviews On The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, Volume Three: The Stolen Generations 1881-2008, by Keith Windschuttle:

One fine morning Australians woke up to find the credit rating of their country—the moral credit rating, that is—plummeting out of control. A damaging tale about “stolen children” had been invented. It was said that between 1880 and 1970, about 100,000 Aboriginal youngsters had been cruelly torn from their mothers and families and institutionalized, and that Australia had been guilty of genocide. Scholarly studies even compared this thriving liberal democracy to Hitler’s Germany.

Somehow the story didn’t sound right. Or not to ordinary people. It sounded more like university men playing fast and loose with language, inflating the meaning of the words “culture” and “genocide” for their own dubious purposes, while liberally employing suppressio veri and suggestio falsi to deal with awkward facts along the way.

And so it was.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, the fabrications of the White Supremacist, criminal mind:

1) The Aborigines made everything up (they really stole the White children from Europe)

2) The Jewish Holocaust never happened

3) Europeans never colonized "Australia"; the Aborigines forced them to come as their White Slaves.

4) America never landed on the moon. All a hoax (probably conjured up by Aborigines).

Of course, this is all from a white man with a very big conflict of interest in hiding the truth.

Too late.

4:36 AM  
Anonymous JF Beck said...

It could be argued that government policy in this area was ill considered, inappropriate or even flat out wrong.

Regardless, generations of children were not stolen.

5:49 AM  
Anonymous J.M. Heinrichs said...

Anonymouse is an academic? In Modern Cultural Studies? With a Premium tenure contract?


12:19 PM  

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