This is gonna be unpopular opinion central. But I think that’s a load of shit (for the most part). Rural Australia, where I grew up, can be incredibly racist/homophobic/rough in general. But that’s a small and for some reason, magnified part of the population that people pay attention to. Most Australians that I’ve come across are not inherently racist. There’s just a quite small, very loud minority that are shitcunts. As with most things.
I often hear people bring up the idea that Australians are racist because we forcibly took Australia from the aboriginals. Which shits me to tears because isn’t that exactly how any other country was colonised? What the hell did America do to their natives? Wouldn’t that mean they’re equally as ‘racist’? It’s a bunch of balls, basically.
Essentially, yes there is racism, no it isn’t any better or worse than anywhere else from what I’ve seen from living here for 18 years.
It’s not just an idea that Australians are racist towards Indigenous peoples? It’s the truth. We are discriminated against on a social and institutional level. We have the highest incarceration rates and with the recent budget, $500 million has been cut from Indigenous services. A shocking $160 million being cut from health services. How is all of that okay, when in a town just a short flight from Sydney, the life expectancy for Aboriginal peoples is just 37? How are these funding cuts okay when we having Indigenous peoples living in poverty, literal poverty?
And I’m sorry, but what? Australia was declared “terra nullius”, which means “no man’s land”. That is completely false as there were PEOPLE living here, there were CULTURES and there were many LANGUAGES. Indigenous Australia has always had organized societies and communities. But by declaring this land terra nullius, that put us to the same status and flora and fauna. We weren’t considered human, we were animals… sub-human. Let me say this; illegitimately seized and stolen land does not become legitimate property over time.
This land is First Nations land. It has always been that way. It was stolen and its people slaughtered; all in the name of the British Empire and “foreign investment” as Tony Abbott would say.
Native American peoples suffered horribly, too. Like Indigenous Australian peoples their populations were decimated by diseases that their invaders carried with them, their children were stolen, they were moved off from their homelands and forced onto reservations & missions and of course there were the massacres. The list could go on. You have no right to compare colonization and invasion in different nations. Oppression isn’t a game, it isn’t fun.
Australia is just known for being a racist country. Not just for the past wrong-doings, but for the ones that happen today. If you cannot think of current example of racism and discrimination towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, does the “stop the boats” policy ring any bells? Does labeling people who have a right by International Law to seek asylum sound racist?
Racism (in its many forms) is alive and well in Australia.