A 93 year old grandfather was horrified that Aboriginals would harbour any sort of resentment for ‘Australia Day’. Huh? What? Wasn’t he told about the hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people killed, raped and separated from their families from the 26th of January 1788 onwards? He was obviously alive for a good chunk of the 182 years where Aboriginals were treated as sub-human and refused entry into society as well as the right to vote. He was definitely alive for the 69 years of the White Australia Policy and he was babbling on about the people who fought in wars that were all happening during those years of mistreatment and racism?
His ‘main beef’ came out of the misconception that the Western world has the same ‘love’ for the land as the Aboriginals – but love doesn’t necessarily equate to respect. If you’re reading this, and you believe that love and respect for the land is felt equally between the Indigenous people and the white settlers, then you are a fool.
At some stage, it would have been a good idea to tell him that the diggers weren’t fighting for the Aboriginals or for their land rights.
Hey, Mr. Soderblom: “Australia”! He he he.