And Newts - clearly your experience and knowledge of the aboriginal issues must be extensive if that was the first time you'd even been near to one. And that ONE encounter must therefore be entirely representative... And totally inexplicable. Yeah, in fact all abos are just rude filthy bastards and their social issues are their own fault and no one elses...
Some of the opinions here truly make me sick. I'm not reading anymore of this drivel.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."
My friends are from Melbourne, and described to me exactly what Australia did to the aboriginals - how many tribes were eradicated, how few remain, how the only way the wholesale slaughter stopped was to use "cruelty to animals" laws - since they weren't considered "human" (even we in the way-backwards US did better than that!). Shey
Not to rain on your parade, but no, we didn't do better than that. Our government is guilty of atrocities against the Indians that rival or even surpass what the Australians did. Outright slaughter of women and children by the U.S. military, handing out smallpox infected blankets, making hard liquor readily available to Indians, the list goes on and on. You can't discount genocide.
Trust me, Lumpy - I know we didn't do great - I wasn't saying that! I could share lots of stuff too...
And Newts and I have been chatting behind the scenes, too - she has been EXTREMELY respectful and nice, even though I feel I was too attacking in my post. I think people are often tainted by their experiences - and she recently had a bad one. I apologize for my attack, it isn't the way to go beyond things like that.
Thank you for the compliments, but I apologize for the harshness of the tone.
I realize now I didn't explain well - what I meant by "we did better than that" was that we didn't, in our laws at least, have to claim our Natives were animals to get protection. They were treated horribly, killed off in the millions, (estimates were there were something like 80 million people on this continent when "we" got here), and treaties were broken right and left. In our LAWS at least they were called human. Lesser humans, by treatment, but at least human.