Discrimination, Legalised Perpretators

I grew-up & lived in the time/years, where discrimination against Aboriginals was still done, enforced and believed to be legal — post ‘67 referendum — yes, I witnessed, experienced how my darker coloured relatives & friends in community were treated and disrespected by “good” Australians, business owners & “their” police, so I relate well and respect the courage & inner fortitude, spirit, of such as this young woman in a country across the sea … why should “we” so readily and easily “forget about it, get over it, move on…”? My relatives, friends and the 1000s of Aboriginals affected and abused, throughout Australia, were not the perpetrators of such wrongs & cruel, often callous injustices enforced by laws of the corrupted ones.

Dorothy Counts, 15, is taunted and harassed by white students as she makes her way from Harding High School as the only black student at the newly desegregated school. Charlotte, North Carolina. 1957

Author: David John

David has worked in community & human services for >40 years, the last decade has been employed as a Counsellor, specialising in relationships & men’s issues. He has an extensive range of skills and experience in youth work, Aboriginal community and political work, as well as in presentation, adult education, and experiential learning..

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