Migrants to the West #9 Where they came from

Caucasian supremacy

It is strange that we do hear so many voices from the United States crying against people coming into the North of America. When I wrote some comments on several very right-wing, not to say some neo-nazi blogs, I did not receive a reaction and my comments were not published.

I asked some of those complaining people, who found that the borders of the United States of America should be closed for immigrants to protect the own people, if they were natives are children of immigrants from Europe who have come to live in the land of the many different Indian tribes. Though they say they live in their own land and that other people conquered or want to conquer their land with violence, I questioned if they did remember how many American natives were killed and how many Caucasian people took the land with violence from the native population some years ago. Many Americans seem to have forgotten where their ancestors came from and how the ‘West was won’.

Christianity in the corner

Several white Christians are afraid the Muslims are conquering the world and say they have a war on Christianity. If you would compare the situation of today with the crusade period, their war seems only a ripple in a rivulet. The stream of Islamisation or Islamification is nothing yet to the forcing of Catholicism a few centuries ago. Many protestants had to leave their native places to safe their life.

When the Christians are so afraid that more of their flock become converted to the Muslim faith, they should wonder why they leave the Christian believes. They also should question if their church is still healthy and offering enough spiritual security to its members. Is it not because of many scandals and many things going wrong in their church that people have lost faith in their church? Have not many lies corrupted many spirits?

The Christians who are so afraid that there are many Christians leaving the Christian faith should consider if their church is still enough connected with the local people. They also should look in their own heart if they are witnessing enough about their own believes.

Many want to blame others for things going wrong where they have the finger in the porridge themselves.

Australia aiming for reconciliation

In Australia we do see a similar situation. Today it is a marvellous diverse continent where the many culture can share with each other. In the North as in the South continents people should embrace more the richness the mix of populations can give. Each typical culture should be able to live next to the other. the different races living close to each other should feel it as a blessing that the people around them would not mind sharing their ideas, their culture, handicrafts and their opportunities.

A 19th century engraving showing Australian &q...

A 19th century engraving showing Australian “natives” opposing the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1770 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As AFL Footballer Adam Goodes of the National Indigenous Council (NIC), an advisory body to the Federal Government on Indigenous affairs, and founder of The Goodes-O’Loughlin Foundation (GO Foundation), writes in Stand up against racism:

We don’t need to single each other out for having different colour hair, or if we’ve got freckles, or if we’ve got different colour skin – we need to be all inclusive.

Dr Tom Calma AO says:

“Here in Australia we’re fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. This is something we should all be proud of and celebrate.”

Oldest culture

Aboriginal peoples are the oldest surviving culture in the world, having established ways of managing their land and society that were sustainable and ensured good health. They have occupied Australia for at least 60,000 years. While there was significant contact and trade between the diverse peoples who inhabited this continent, there was no contact, no exchange of cultures or knowledge between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the world. {Shared History}

Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island...

Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Australian people have some knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the history of their contact with non-Indigenous Australians since 1788, they have a much better feel for our achievements and our persistent problems.

Also in the other continents people should get to know more the natives of their region they do believe to belong to them. If they think their forefathers did not use violence to conquer “their land”, they better look into history again.

Many Australians seem to think that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples surrendered their country without a fight. In fact there were significant wars and battles between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people. At least 10,000, and probably more than 20,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait people died at the hands of colonisers, and around 2,000 colonisers died at the hands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Fighting to get some land

As in all wars, these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to the deaths, countless others suffered injury and trauma, and the fear that comes from hearing of the killings of other people.

These include ‘massacres’ that were in retaliation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resistance (such as the Pinjarra Massacre), successful raids by Aboriginal and Torres Strait people on white settlers (such as the Faithfull Massacre) and ongoing local wars, such as the Yolngu wars and the Bunuba resistance.

The numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who died in these conflicts are often disputed, but the fact that the conflicts took place is not disputed. Although there wasn’t a declared, large scale ‘war’, there was significant resistance. the same is true for the North of America, where the European colonisers made every effort to get themselves a place where they could build their won ‘heaven on earth’.

Reconciliation

In Australia, on Monday 27 May an important event started National Reconciliation Week. Each year between 27 May and 3 June National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across that continent. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey — the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.NRW Poster 2013 small

May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

On 3 June, 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title. 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision.

It’s a time to reflect on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This year the theme is “Let’s Talk Recognition” — with a focus on how Australians can better recognise each other, and recognise the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Many Australians support reconciliation

Need of supporters

People should get to know their ancestors history and should have their eyes opened for the movements people made trough the ages to find some a comfortable place to stay.

Several organisations, foundations, but also companies can help to bring a better understanding and to reconcile people with different cultures.

In March this year, Telstra, the online opportunity for everyone to exchange opinions and ideas about telecommunications, technology and innovation, were proud to become supporters of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘Racism: It Stops with Me’ campaign, helping more Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable in their community and empower people and organisations to prevent and respond effectively to racism.

The Goodes-O’Loughlin Foundation (GO Foundation) will exist to enable a brighter future for indigenous Australians. By creating a series of meaningful partnerships, the Foundation will provide the link between Indigenous Australia and Corporate Australia, with a focus on the areas of greatest disadvantage, whether these be in the cities, towns or rural and remote areas of Australia.

The Foundation will be focused on providing sustainable outcomes – encouraging healthy living, a good education, and ultimately leading to getting a career.

They’ve built a strong relationship with Australians as the heart of what they do is to connect people.

Treating people with respect and dignity

All over the world we should get people to understand they are just part of nature, and like the plants and animals they are just inhabitants on this planet. They should be pleased that they can find some place on this earth where they can feel safe.

What gives a person the right to say those pieces of sand, grass, flowers or animals are his?Who has given one particular person the sole right of those elements of this universe?

We are all inhabitants of this world who got the right to live here as tenants of this part of the universe. Christians should know that everything belongs to God, so they should be the least to complain are to withhold others from the blessings they got.

Adam Goodes says:

When you get a big company connecting people the way that Telstra do, they’ve got to believe in the message. Once you step up and say ‘Racism: It Stops with Me’, the expectation is that everyone at Telstra – their people and everyone who is associated with them – stands up for  treating people with respect and dignity, regardless of their background and experiences.

Whether you do it at your organisation, or you follow in Telstra’s footstep and become a proud sponsor of it, it’s a matter of making a pledge and then living and dying by your word. I’ve come forward and pledged ‘Racism: It Stops with Me’ having been verbally abused, and I would never want to make anyone feel the way other people have made me feel.

Relationship and myths

Often because people do not know enough about each other they do have wrong conceptions of each other.

Myths are powerful. They influence the way we think about things of which we might not have direct experience. The most difficult relationship is not between black and white people but between white Australians or Americans and the symbols created by their predecessors. Most New World people, Americans and Australians do not know how to relate to the Indigenous population. They relate to stories told by former colonists or remember what they got presented by the moving pictures industry.

The autochthonous people should accept the changes which took place through the centuries and should get to move on. The descendants from the immigrants from two centuries ago should remember their alien ancestry, and should feel an understanding for the new generation of immigrants, who are looking for the same luck their forefathers did.

Individual inhabitants of those modern industrialised continents need to bust these powerful and often destructive myths by setting the record straight about Red Indians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fellow citizens.

When people of different groups interact, it’s good to have an idea of the protocols that each of them follow. when people get to know the other better it will be much easier to get some good conversations and creating abilities to make further business plans.

Today more people should come to the understanding that they are all part of the future of reconciliation. Partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous are at the heart of countless success stories and they often start small.

Global

We all should think more globally, as one part of this world to be reconciled and united.

From all nations coming together and giving each other the hand in reconciliation and offering peace to each other.

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Preceding articles:

  1. Migrants to the West #1
  2. Migrants to the West #2
  3. Migrants to the West #3
  4. Migrants to the West #4
  5. Migrants to the West #5
  6. Migrants to the West #6
  7. Migrants to the West #7
  8. Migrants to the West #8

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Please do find:

YouMeUnity image by Amanda James

YouMeUnity image by Amanda James

  1. Reconciliation Australia = the national organisation promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community.
  2. National Reconciliation Week
  3. Public lecture with Greg McIntyre on Mabo: a catalyst for social change
  4. Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage A Report and Discussion
  5. Apology to the Stolen Generations
  6. Racial Discrimination Act
  7. The Australian Reconciliation Barometer
  8. Creating the right incentives Dr Ken Henry
  9. National Reconciliation Week fact sheet (PDF, 624Kb)
  10. Let’s Talk Recognition fact sheet (PDF 587Kb)
  11. Reconciliation timeline (PDF, 1,488Kb) This timeline outlines important dates and events in the history of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.
  12. National Reconciliation Week: Dancers Roger Green, Semi Naborisi, Kili Aqoran, Samaila Montajes from PCYC, Mayor Bob Manning, Susan Darcy from Cape york Institute and dancer Curtis Addo. Picture: Stewart McLean

    Flash mob wows crowds in Cairns as part of National Reconciliation Week

  13. Reconciliation Week: Woodend celebrates rich indigenous culture
  14. Keynote Address kicks off National Reconciliation Week celebrations at Defence

  15. Uncertainty, shame and no time for vacillation
  16. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  17. Stronger than anything that wants to destroy
  18. Leaving the Old World to find better pastures
  19. Giving others the chance our ancestors had
  20. Right to be in the surroundings
  21. Men of faith
  22. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #1 Christian Reform
  23. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God
  24. Apartheid or Apartness #1 Suppression and Apartness
  25. Apartheid or Apartness #2 Up to 2nd part 20th Century
  26. Apartheid or Apartness #3 Opposition and Escalation
  27. Apartheid or Apartness #4 Hangover of Church
  28. Apartheid or Apartness #5 Spiral of violence and destruction or of reconciliation and peace
  29. Apartheid or Apartness #6 Anno 2012
  30. Which back voters in the US wants to see
  31. Christian values and voting not just a game
  32. The trigger of Aurora shooting
  33. Mutiny in the United States of America
  34. World Agenda for Sustainability

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  • Renewed push to recognise Indigenous Australians in Constitution (abc.net.au)
    The Government says it will not call a referendum on recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution until it can be sure the vote will be successful.Events are taking place around Australia today to mark National Sorry Day, which acknowledges the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal people, including members of the Stolen Generation.

    Among the events – which are pushing for a referendum on Indigenous recognition in the Constitution – is a national relay.

  • Reconciliation Action Plan (bankstowncommunity.wordpress.com)
    Relations between Bankstown’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and Bankstown City Council have entered an historic phase, following Council’s adoption of the City’s first ever Reconciliation Action Plan.The Plan was inspired by the aims of building upon existing respect and goodwill, raising awareness of issues facing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and developing professional, social and cultural networks to create locally led opportunities and solutions.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee (bankstowncommunity.wordpress.com)
    The role of Bankstown City Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee is to advise Council on matters relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Bankstown Local Government Area.
  • Danny Danon: Send African migrants to Australia (volkundvaterland.wordpress.com)
    Likud MK and Australian MP discuss “humane solution” for thousands of ‘Muslim infiltrators’ in Israel: Send them to live down under. (We don’t want ‘em, you have em!)MK Danny Danon (Likud) asked Australian MP Michael Danby (Australian Jew) on Wednesday to propose, in parliament in Canberra, sending African migrants from Israel to Australia.
  • Time to dispel migrant myths (thejc.com)
    Our community must be on guard against falling prey to anti-asylum rhetoric and the current trend for blaming migrants for many of the country’s ills. Jewish teaching prevails upon us to assist the stranger in our midst. Thus in spite of the prevailing zeitgeist, the impulse for a more positive approach to migration resonates strongly within the community.
  • Are You Really Sorry about the Treatment of Indigenous People? (mangosalute.com)
    Indigenous peoples around the world have been treated badly – very badly. If they were lucky enough to exist into the 21 century, they are likely to share many statistics – significant infant mortality, a high rate of suicide, easily preventable health problems, incarceration at a far greater rate than the rest of the population, lower educational achievement, poor housing …
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    For most of our history the plight of indigenous people was ignored.
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    Until we fully confront that truth, there will always be a shadow hanging over us and our future as a fully united and fully reconciled people.
    It is time to reconcile. It is time to recognise the injustices of the past. It is time to say sorry. It is time to move forward together.
  • Abbott promises indigenous recognition (news.smh.com.au)
    A nationwide “journey of healing” to achieve constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians has begun in Melbourne – but one obstacle may still be the voters themselves.Both sides of politics joined unions, activists, and sporting identities in pushing for constitutional change on Sunday, with planned community walks to continue through every state and territory.

    While the latest polling shows most Australians support the idea, campaigners behind the movement point out how only 8 out of 44 referendum proposals have ever been successful.

    A major grassroots “Journey to Recognition” campaign is now underway to ensure the planned referendum doesn’t fail like so many in the past.

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    “We’ve got a chance in the next two or three years to get this right,” said former AFL player Michael Long in launching the national relay inspired by his 2004 walk to Canberra.

    Hundreds cheered him on as he took the first symbolic steps of the walk as it snaked its way from Melbourne’s Federation Square along the Yarra River.

  • Focus needed on Aboriginal strengths (sciencealert.com.au)
    Australia needs a new way to view the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a focus on their strengths, empowerment, resilience and achievements, a new study has proposed.A review carried out for the CRC for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) project exploring the links between education, employment, health and wellbeing finds that nationwide research into Aboriginal issues has tended to describe them in terms of deficits, disadvantage and dysfunction.

    CRC-REP researchers say there is a need to develop a wellbeing framework that accurately represents education, employment, health and wellbeing and the interplay between them. This framework should recognise the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and clearly represent their own values and local perspectives.

    These include issues such kinship, empowerment, inclusive communities and resilience, which their report finds to be of particular importance to wellbeing in Aboriginal society.

  • ‘Bringing indigenous into the fold’ (theage.com.au)
    Long, who pricked the nation’s conscience twice – first by taking a stand on racism on the football field, and then by his walk – was there to lead the first leg of a Journey of Reconciliation relay to build support for recognition of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the constitution.

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    The reconciliation relay that will criss-cross the nation by foot, by car and on bicycles began on the eve of another important anniversary: the passage of the 1967 referendum, the most successful ever conducted.As Ridgeway, who walked the first 30 kilometres of the relay, puts it, that change was all about including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census, about them being counted.

    ”Now it’s about writing indigenous people into the constitution and bringing them into the national fold.”

  • Direct Genetic Link between Australia and India Provides New Insight into the Origins of Australian Aborigines (23andme.com)
    In 1974, scientists digging in the dry lake bed of Lake Mungo in southeastern Australia uncovered the skeleton of a man preserved in the deep layers of sand and clay. Dating techniques eventually revealed that this individual died about 40,000 years ago.Scientists and the popular press dubbed the individual “Mungo Man.” Why did he make such a splash?  Not only because he was – and remains – one of the oldest and most complete skeletons of the earliest Australians, but because his appearance shattered the previously held notion that humans had first set foot in Australia less than 10,000 years ago. It was so far from where humans arose in Africa, and so remote.  So of course humans arrived there so much later than everywhere else, many experts reasoned. With the discovery of Mungo Man, this idea lost support, and scientists now concede that Australia was settled much earlier than many other parts of the world, including the Americas and parts of Europe.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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