Social Justice - Aboriginal RacismPresentation Transcript
SOCIAL JUSTICE: Racism Towards Aborigines By Kathryn Henshaw, Lucinda Davison and Kahlia Lane
What is Racism? “Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”- A.J. Heschel
Racism is the belief that people's qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as the members of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races.
It is the discrimination or prejudice against individuals based on their race or skin colour.
Obtained from http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=65090&dict=CALD
Racism In the Film ‘Mississippi Burning’
In the movie ‘Mississippi Burning’:
- African Americans are kidnapped and
- Their property (including houses,
furniture, animals etc) are burnt,
disrespected and mistreated.
- They have no freedom of speech or voting rights.
- The African Americans are not treated as second class citizens (they are not allowed to sit at the same tables as white people).
“ Mississippi Burning”: The Effect of Racism
The use of graphic and violent images in the film are confronting to the audience.
They portray an aggressive and discriminatory society, although this hasn’t been seen in a contemporary Australia.
We see more subtle and ignorant attitudes to Indigenous Australians, and this is particularly evident in the health and welfare the Australian Government provides.
Racism In Australia
Currently in Australia:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people suffer dispossession and
disadvantage when it comes to land
- They suffer economic disadvantages due to isolation from the history of dispossession of lands and the disruption of kinship, culture, language and ceremony.
- Aboriginals Alcohol levels are being monitored by the government so are still suffering from The Aboriginal Protection Policy that had been introduced over a century ago.
Racism In Australia’s History.
When Australia was first colonized in 1788 the European settlers treated the Indigenous peoples with hostility and greeted them with violence.
Australian government policies of Protection, Assimilation and Integration had previously denied the many rights and freedoms of Aborigines and the families that ‘white’ society had held.
Racism In Australia’s History. (cont…)
This was a bloody start, although today we see a relationship with Aboriginal peoples which is not violent but it is a relationship mostly based on ignorance and mild toleration.
Steps have also been recently taken, however, to uphold reconciliation in Australia. This process of reconciliation currently holds a great significance in the country as it strives to improve relations between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
The Australian Federal Government
The Australian Federal Government introduce has Acts to prevent Racism and discrimination in Australia. These include:
- Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act (1975)
- Human Rights &
Commissions Act (1986)
- Commonwealth Racial
Hatred Act (1995)
The Australian State Governments
Different State Governments within Australia also made a move towards racism and discrimination by introducing a series of laws and policies:
- NSW ~ Anti-Discrimination Act
- SA ~ Equal Opportunity Act (1984)
& Racial Vilification Act (1996)
- WA ~ Equal Opportunity Act (1984)
- TAS ~ Anti-Discrimination Act (1998)
- QLD ~ Anti-Discrimination Act (1991)
- NT ~ Anti-Discrimination Act (1992)
- VIC ~ Equal Opportunity Act (1995) & Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (2001)
The Catholic Church’s Views on Racism
The Catholic Church condemns any form of racial discrimination and prejudice, and does not tolerate it.
While the Church appeals for tolerance to be upheld by human beings towards all races, there is an increase in racism and ethnic violence.
The Catholic Church’s Views on Racism (cont…)
“ Christians in particular have the responsibility to offer a teaching that stresses the dignity of every human being and the unity of the human race (cf. CR , Part III).”
In the case of the ‘Stolen Generations’ during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Catholic Church agreed with the removal of mixed Aboriginal children from their families because they were regarded as ‘neglected and destitute’, and felt that Aboriginal people were not able to take care of themselves and their families.
Holy Spirit College addresses racism both directly and indirectly
- Bullying policies, that deal with
both bullying and racist
comments, or discrimination of ANY kind.
- Our school is a multicultural school, we
have children attending here that are of a
variety of races, our school teaches
tolerance and acceptance of this.
How we can address RACISM
We can address racism by respecting each other as individuals.
We can treat each other as equals and make a point of understanding and valuing each others faith, and beliefs.
Our peer groups are already multicultural and diverse, they are not based on faith or culture. This itself is a example of how we are already addressing racism.
We believe that you should not judge someone by their culture or skin colour, but by their heart.
They Are Our History
We Can Make A DIFFERENCE
The Choice Is Yours
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071101013355AAAa6vB&r=w, viewed 1 st November, 2007