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UN Charges Australia With Racism

The United Nations has charged that Australia breached international obligations on human and indigenous rights by imposing racial restrictions on Aborigines during a crackdown on child abuse in Outback communities. James Anaya also depicted Australia’s relations with its Aborigine population as still influenced by racism policies. Aborigines represent about 2% of the population, and extensive amounts of money have been spent to assist their lives in the past two decades, but the reality is they are the poorest, unhealthiest and most oppressed group in the country.

A few years ago, in an effort to deal with child abuse, the government suspended its own laws against discrimination so they could ban alcohol and hardcore pornography. New policies compel Aborigines to adhere to government restrictions on how they can spend their own money. The government argument undoubtedly is the belief Aborigines are unable to make decisions on how to live their own lives. No matter how one examines this argument it is racist.

Canadian Prime Minister Apologizes To Aboriginals

Canadian history, like that of the United States or Australia, has a record of regarding aboriginal people as being inferior and in need of being educationally uplifted. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared before parliament to make clear the importance of his nation to apologize for this mistreatment. “Mr. Speaker, I stand fore you to offer an apology to former students for the Federal government’s program of residential schools and its sad legacy of abuse, assimilation and lasting pain. We now recognize that it was wrong to separate children from their homes and we apologize for having done this.. We now recognize that it was wrong to separate children from their rich and vibrant cultures and traditions, that it created a void in many lives and communities and we apologize for having done that.”

The schools endeavored to wipe out native cultures and languages by separating children not only from their families but from their culture and traditions.