Australia’s assimilation shame: Indigenous children still being stolen

“There is nothing wrong with my baby. Why are you doing this to us? I would’ve been hung years ago, wouldn’t I? Because [as an Australian Aborigine] you’re guilty before you’re found innocent.”The child’s grandmother demands to know why”… the stealing of our kids is happening all over again.”A welfare official says:”I’m gunna take him, mate.”This happened to an Aboriginal family in outback New South Wales. It is happening across Australia in a scandalous and largely unrecognised abuse of human rights that evokes the infamous Stolen Generation of the last century.Up to the 1970s, thousands of mixed race children were stolen from their mothers by welfare officials. The children were given to institutions as cheap or slave labour; many were abused.Described by a Chief Protector of Aborigines in 1933 as the “breeding out the colour”, the policy was known as “assimilation”.  It was influenced by the same eugenics movement that inspired the Nazis.

via Australia’s assimilation shame: Indigenous children still being stolen.

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