Stolen but not silent: Indigenous Australians protest national celebrations

By Jill Gralow and Cordelia Hsu

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20000 years they lived in harmony with the land. Then the occupation white people became one of the worst threats to human life via global change in just 200yrs.

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genocide of Aborigines by colonists,same thing like genocide of native Indians by colonists in North America...and no one get punished or held responsible at all...

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This is quite an emotive topic here for some, I only ask that JT readers do their own research before saying things like ‘genocide’ etc.

I acknowledge there were past wrongs but I’d like to think we as a nation have come a long way since then.

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It can't be denied that we Brits were barbaric in the treatment of the Indigenous Australians who have lived on the land for tens of thousands of years. Later the Australians were just as bad in too many ways.

The nation has changed but probably more still needs to be done.

Australians were not the only ones, and not the worse, like the treatment of the American natives, slaughtered and killed by the thousands.

All a sad reflection of the state of humanity and man's desire to dominate over another.

Africa was another.

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A vestige of vicious colonialism. The U.S. has similar problems with the indigenous Americans. Japan, that tried hard to emulate the West, is no exception..

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January 26th marks the effective beginning of the colony of New South Wales, but the nation known as Australia didn't exist until the 1st of January 1901, when the various States became a Federation. Australia Day itself became a thing only in 1915, so there's no reason why January 26th should be a date set in stone to celebrate Australia as a nation.

I get a bit annoyed with the contemporary demonising of Captain Cook, who was just a sailor doing his job for the British Government of the time, and who had no input into the politics of colonial settlements. But it's easy to see why Indigenous Australians don't celebrate on January 26th, and why they call it Invasion Day. Even a very cursory look at Australian history since 1788 will tell you that. As other posters have pointed out, the subjugation and mass killings of indigenous populations by more technologically advanced invaders has been a dismal feature of human behaviour for millennia, by no means only in Australia or North America. But that doesn't make it any easier to swallow for those who've been dispossessed and marginalised in their own lands.

I say change the date. Problem is, when it comes to celebrations and public holidays, January 1st is already taken, and no other significant date suggests itself.

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Is Japan a mono-racial state as some politicians like to point out? (E.g., Taro Aso's public statement in 2020; Hiroyasu Nakasone's in 1986.) There's no doubt that the Japanese are a mixture of two peoples, the aboriginal hunting and gathering Jomon people, that dominated the Japanese archipelago for more than 10 thousand years, and the rice-growing Yayoi people, that migrated from the Asian continent via the Korean Peninsula, subjugating the aboriginal Jomon people.

Japan's mythology indicates there were conflicts between the Izumo clan and the Yamato clan, the latter eventually subsuming the former and establishing a unified state called "Wa".

Is there antagonism existing between Jomon and Yayoi peoples or between Izumo and Yamato clans? Not at all. They are all integrated into one body called Japan now.

So how should we consider the persistence of post-colonial enmity existing in some modern states?

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So how should we consider the persistence of post-colonial enmity simmering among colonized people in some modern states?

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Protesting an historical event for which all the participants are long dead is useless and counterproductive. It promotes a victimization narrative that is harmful. Better to be positive and future-oriented.

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Every culture has evil deeds in their past. Except mine and yours, of course, we are 100% pure, never harmed anyone, anywhere. /s

Europeans have been expanding throughout the world since the middle ages. They were successful at the travel and forcing their ways into many parts of the world. Only history can say whether it was good overall or not. There were certainly some bad parts to those immigrantions.

What would native Australians have done when Japan conquered their land? Would that have turned out better or worse?

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