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To Cut Or Not To Cut In World Of Multiculturalism?

Every so often in the world of multiculturalism political correctness an issue arises which presents dilemmas that even the most important sages of respecting cultural rights find difficult to resolve. An aboriginal boy in Canada was working at his computer and encountered difficulty seeing due to some bangs which got in the way of reading. A teaching assistant took him into the corridor and cut a few strands of hair off in order to aid his reading. She is now suspended and there is talk of a law suit by parents because the boy lost some strands of hair. Ah, the dilemmas of life!

Everyone agrees the teacher aide simply was trying to help the boy see and was not upset at his long hair, but this misses the point of the modern world. The mother has hired a lawyer who specializes in human rights. After all, we all know that hair length is among the most important human rights of the twentieth century.

A Healing Ceremony At Auschwitz

It was not a major event in world news, just a brief note buried in press releases, but the story of Noel Butler is important since it offers a road that few seek to follow. Noel Butler is an Aboriginal elder who made a sixteen thousand mile trip to Auschwitz in Poland in an effort to share his culture’s healing ideas to a region which still suffers from the wounds and anguish of World War II. Organized by An Tairseach, a UK culture and media group, Butler performed the first Aboriginal healing ceremony ever held at a Nazi death camp.

The purpose of the healing ceremony is to bind up wounds of pain for those who suffered and for those who committed the atrocities. He is traveling from New South Wales in Australia to Krakow and Belfast in order to connect the world’s oldest culture with memories of sad events in the modern world in hope that his healing ceremony can offer some solace and hope to those who have experienced hate and violence. “I have come from my people to your people,” he told a representative of the Auschwitz museum. “And, I hope I can help and together we can move on with the memory of those who died.”

Perhaps, his next stop could be Jerusalem where he could bind wounds of pain for Jews and Muslims.

Gay-Aboriginal Conflict In Australia

A series of attacks on gay men on Oxford Street in Canberra has sparked an unusual conflict about the issue of rights. The police will investiage the crimes after two years during which officers have refused to record anti-homosexual violence or investigate brashings. A gay barrrister, David Buchanan, says Oxford Street has become less safe due to the rose of heterosexual clubs and watering clubs on the strip. For many years the area was known as a gay friendly environment, but with the arrival of those not familiar or supportive of gay life, the situation has become dangerous. The bashing of Craig Gee two m onths ago by an Aboriginal has intensified hostility between the two groups. Anger was fueled by a poster that focused on “Reclaim the right to be who you are” that depicted a phalanx of whie men.

GAys feel physically threatened and Aboriginal residents feel insulted by the idea they are responsible as a group for the actions of a few. One Aboriginal told a reporter “the only abuse I’ve had (for being Aboriginal) is from a few white gay guys.” Craig Gee said it was clear from comments by his Aboriginal attackers they were coming after him because he was gay. These incidents and views are no unusual. In the history of racism and prejudice it is not uncommon for those subject to bigotry to find someone else on whom they can dump their anger, usually an indvidual who is also the object of hatred.