- Mar 20, 2013
Latham will upset the same people every time. Much like Milo. Doesn't matter much whether or not they are talking smack or sense. Some folk only hear what they wanna and are prejudiced one way or the other.LeeToRainesToRoach said:What do you think of his statement about “people with blonde hair and blue eyes declaring themselves to be indigenous”?
From memory, the number of people identifying as Aboriginal has roughly doubled since the mid-1990’s, and is nearing one million. It threatens to become a millstone around Australia’s neck.
Not that I necessarily support the policy, but it shouldn’t simply be dismissed as overt racism.
In regards to Aboriginality and identifying as such, it does pose a question about who we are and want to be in the future. Some think we are thoroughly racist and the worst country in the world, others say we are too generous and let anyone who wishes to get on the welfare train do so. Personally I'm not sure where it takes us.
Like most Aussies I know lots of Aboriginals, unlike most Aussies I also have the pleasure of knowing strong families who in their own words are full bloods. Married into the correct skin groups as their law dictates. Another local and strong Aboriginal family i know has a mother from Victoria, a white European woman, this doesn't make the family any less aboriginal in my eyes. So where does the identifying as such stop? When does it stop? Does it need to stop? Does it matter unless there is something else at play.
Playing devils advocate, would people's identity be an issue if there was no benefit by identifying as any particular one apart from pride and sense of belonging?
Genetic testing isn't the answer, that's my take on it.