The term 'Indigenous' brings a lot to the table. It is used to describe such a diverse group of people that differ ethnically, culturally, and economically but are supposed to be looked upon as 'one'. But are we really 'one'?
Australian Aboriginals and Native Americans have all seemed to make great strides toward equality in the past 200 years. After 200 years one would think that the people of Australia and America would be able to set aside their notions that people of different races are not really that different. Yes, science has proven some physical differences but none that make one inherently better than the other. The problem, as I see it, is that the people of Australia and America choose to look at the problem of racism as something that will never change. Many believe that racism exists and always will, and trying to change will be useless. . This is definitely not the case. Look at the tremendous advances the Australian Aboriginals and Native Americans have made in the past 200 years. Today there are Australian Aboriginals and Native Americans in the government, boards of companies, and top quality universities all over the world. Not bad for a people that only a short time ago were not allowed to learn to read or write.
How can we overlook races that have been on this planet far longer than anyone else? Australian Aboriginals and Native Americans are our history. So why are issues associated with them often put on the back page of the paper or later in a newscast? Because that is the way the government wanted it! They knew there was no possible way that they could ever justify what they inflicted upon the Aboriginals and the Indians long ago. The government simply took there land. There was no debate. Putting Australian Aboriginals in missions and Native Americans on reservations was just a way for the governments to have a level of control over what they thought were savage people. A wonderful way to thank a race that helped Europeans...
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