Monday, February 25, 2008

Aborigines Have Special Psychic Powers?

I had a remarkable experience today, our training group was addressed by a Victorian Government employed Aboriginal Liason Officer. She spoke to us for almost an hour, in that time we were told the following.

Aborigines have special psychic powers with which they can sense things and communicate over long distances.
Aborigines have a far greater love of the land than any white person could have.
Aborigines have glaucoma because of white people.
Aborigines have diabetes because of white people.
Aborigines have many health problems because of white people food.
Aborigines drink because of white people.
Aborigines are more spiritual than white people.
Aborigines will start to heal because Rudd said sorry, but this healing will not fix any of their problems.
Aborigines should not be subject to white laws.
Aborigines love their children more than white people.
And on and on she went.

I put up with all this crap for some time however when she came out with the following statement I had to object.

"Until 1967 Aborigines came under the Flora and Fauna Act and it was legal to kill, injure or do what you wanted to them without fear of prosecution".

I said stop and asked where she got that from and she said it was true because that was what 'we' believe. I asked if she could provide proof of this remarkable allegation and all she said was that it's true.

After that she gave me dirty looks and essentially accused our entire group of being racist and that she would be monitoring us carefully.

What can be done when public servants are paid to disseminate this BULLSHIT? She honestly believed it all. As she was obviously not pure blood at a guess I would say about quarter aboriginal I wanted to ask her how was it that her aboriginal heritage overode her other heritage, however I fear such a question would have had me thrown out. It is a valid question though. If aborigines have special psychic powers at what dilution of aboriginal blood do the powers expire? 1/4, 1/8, 1/16? Where? It is a remarkable genetic heritage as it seems to dominate in many people who have extremely small amounts of aboriginal heritage.

It's a pity I can't love Australia as much as they do, I think I do but I am obviously wrong.


Dub Leffler said...

Hi, - I agree with you.Up to a point.
I'll be up front with- I am a mixed blood Aboriginal Person. Now that that's out of the road and I'm hoping you're not forming a pre- judged idea of who I am. Aboriginal blood matters to those that have it because it's from here. If say you had French ancestry,it's fair to say you would at least feel SOMETHING should you visit France. A 'connection' if you will. I agree with you on the lady you speak of focusing on problems rather than Solutions. I'm more than happy to show you proof of the Flora & Fauna Act. I'll even send you excerpts of my own Adoption File. I'm all about Communication & fact. You can google my name to see more of what I do. I hope you have better experiences with Aboriginal people in the future. Sincerlely,Dub Leffler

sfw said...

Hi Dub

Good to see your comments.
"Aboriginal blood matters to those that have it because it's from here" well I can see that one can be proud of ones heritage, but where is here? All humans originated in Africa. The evidence indicates that there were three waves of migration to Australia the first approx 50,000 years ago. The following waves of newcomers pushed the earlier inhabitants further south. The last remaining ones were the Tasmanian people and possibly the 'pygmies' of Cairns. So where do you come from? Africa? or elsewhere in Asia before your ancestors settled here? Be proud by all means but we all came from the same place at the start.

If say you had French ancestry,it's fair to say you would at least feel SOMETHING should you visit France." Well if have a cultural heritage you well may, but it's cultural not genetic. I could take any child born in any country and raise them from birth in another country and they would probably feel 'something'for that country. What I was getting at in my post was the person speaking at us claimed that she was her supposed powers and feelings came from her genes not her culture.

By all means send me a copy of the Flora and Fauna Act I would like to see where it states that it was legal to shoot aborigines.

I did work extensively in the NT in the 70's as well as a stretch in PNG. I always got on well wiith thelocals and made friends with several. I always respect other peoples cultural sensitivities unless they are harmful to others, suttee or FGM for example.

What I object to is people claiming special laws and measures becuase they have different genes than I do. By all means assist and compensate those have been harmed or treated unfairly but I cannot see why special consideration needs to be given to people because of their genes.

One other thing like Bolt I would like to know when aboriginal heritage starts and ends when it comes to genetic material. I see people who are whiter than white getting grants and special priveliges because they have some often quite small aboriginal ancestry. Yet all around Australia there are 'real'aborigines living in violent squalor. I want to do what I can to help those peole but giving money to urban whites who have a skerrick of aboriginal DNA is not the way to go. Be proud of it I say but don't claim that you need to be compensated for discrimination. Those people are merely parasites on society as a whole and in particular parasites of those aborigines who are in desperate need of help.

Thanks Mate

Jim Rose said...

Aboriginal men were given the right to vote in the 1850s as British subjects.

WA and queensland took that away later and returned it in the early 1960s.