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Post by Pelican Post by de chucka
You also said the people who wrote the reports were fuckwits
Really? Lets see the analysis you used to reach this profound and well
argued ;-) conclusion
"SIR RONALD WILSON: The word 'stolen' has come into the language to
describe people who were removed by compulsion, duress, or undue
influence. Now, that covers a range of circumstances from simple
surrender with the consent of the parents to forcible arbitrary taking."
So he allowed a report to be released which allowed the word
"stolen" to be used in the context of "surrender with the consent of
"....critics come down to the actual personal stories and say, 'I
didn't cross-examine them. I didn't look for corroboration.' Those
were not the important points."
So he allowed a report to be released that repeated uncorroborated
stories, many of which were known to be non-factual. But apparently
fact was "not the important points".
Who were some of these "stolen" children?
Lois O'Donohue claimed to be one of them. However even at the time
of the report it was already known that her parents took her to be
educated by the Baptist Mission at Oodnadatta, education that helped
her escape the cycle of poverty that pertained in remote
communities, as her parents intended.
Good on the Baptists.
That's now ancient history, and many of these people have died.
The current situation is that the language of the stolen children has
been adopted by aborigines and applied to any situation where, for
whatever reason, aboriginal children are removed from their families.
It is clear that the removal of children is a feature of distressed
families in poverty, and there are far too many aboriginal families
in that situation. If anything, there are aboriginal children not
being removed from families.
All of which detracts from the fundamental issues of what needs to be
done to deal with the problem of poverty in aboriginal communities.
Repeating the nonsense of "stolen generations" and "aboriginal deaths
in custody" and aboriginals in youth detention or jail merely
deflects attention from the key issues.