Analysis: Aspect One
Kevin Rudd’s apology was to the Aboriginals; but in particular, to the Stolen Generations. From 1909-1969, the Australian Government forced a policy know as assimilation upon the Aboriginals. Assimilation is the forced integration of minority groups onto the dominant society. Inhumane acts were inflicted upon these proud people because of the ‘Aborigines Protection Board’ which entailed that the Australian Government had full rights to forcibly remove half-caste children from Aboriginal care without parental consent nor a court order. When the Australian Government passed these laws of discrimination against the Aborigines, they never thought of them as human beings but rather an inferior race that had to be taken care of. The family and friends would always desperately plead for mercy but to no avail. Due to these unethical actions taken by the government, Kevin Rudd apologized to the Aboriginals and especially to the Stolen Generations. “We apologize especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country. For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.” Kevin Rudd referred to four key indignities that the Aboriginals were put through: the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, the breaking up of families and the indignity and degradation that was imposed on a proud people and culture. The exact number of children that were taken is unknown; however, it is estimated that around 100,000 were taken from their families; 100,000 children that were sorely missed...
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