Why we say sorry:
Mr Rudd said sorry for the Stolen Generation in his apology speech, but why exactly are we sorry for this blemished chapter in our countries history? The Stolen Generation were children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent that were forcibly removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government because they had white blood. This in itself is bad, but yet, the government at that time didn't acknowledge this and continued life without even thinking that what they were doing was a terrible deed. The Government at the time thought they were giving the children a better life but all it did was tear families apart. There have been many incidents of children who have been traumatised by the cruel and racist nature of the programs. Some children could not even recognise their own parents, and found it hard to assimilate into the white way of life. The Sorry Speech as it is known is a public declaration of wrongdoing at that time. Mr Kevin Rudd in this speech apologises for the unjust mistreatment of the aboriginal people.
We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations - this blemished chapter in our nation's history. He displays to those who have been affected by the Stolen Generation that the whole of Australia are truly sorry for the events that occurred during that infamous period of time. But the whole sorry speech is about what happened during that time. The Sorry Speech includes many key elements, but the main message Mr Rudd is trying to get through is that it is our job as a nation to recognise and mourn what previous governments did not. Mr Rudd took responsibility and took the first step in ensuring that all citizens of Australia whether aboriginal or not should be treated equally and fairly in the present and in the future. A good example of a text is The Rabbits.
“The Rabbits” is a book written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan; it is a picture book...
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