The original inhabitants of Australia who continue their struggle to survive in a white mans world
For 40,000 years or more they lived at one with the land and with nature. A spiritual connection that a non Aboriginal could ever understand.
For just over 200 years, white people have lived on this land and now claim ownership over Aboriginal people.
When Europeans first settled in Australia they Murdered, Raped,stole children and forced their way of life on to Aboriginal people.
Now 200 years have come and gone and Aboriginal people suffer with issues like Alcoholism, drug addictions, homelessness, loss of culture but are slowly coming back as they are a very strong culture.
There are so many stereotypes that degrade Aboriginal people that are highly untrue but there are some that are true and are just results of this civil war that goes on in Australia.
People disclaim their religion and their ways saying they are are so primitive. You can say that a rainbow serpent sounds highly unlikely and somewhat like a childish story telling, but if you compare that to any other religion in the world, it it just as likely a giant snake created rivers and mountains as mosses parted the sea, or even the concept that we go to heaven or hell. these are just stories to give us all morals and guidelines to live our lives.
Another aspect of Aboriginal culture is their general way of life. People can say that it is primitive, but that is obviously very ignorant. For 40,000 years plus they preserved the land, the original recyclers . Now in only 200 years or so there are so many environmental, political and economical disasters that have come from "white mans way" you can really ask yourself the question, which way was better?
Everyone needs to understand Aboriginal people did not choose this to happen to them nor want this to happen to them. But in moving on, we need understanding and combine contemporary and traditional Australia to have the real Australia that we all need.
For a person to say a racist thing to an Aboriginal and live in Australia id like you to first consider where you came from and how you got here and also remember who's land you are standing on.
Government benifits ARE slowly working and i am a product of that system. I am a 3rd years student studying to be a teacher and so many other Aboriginal people are conforming to the white way . So for every drunk or homeless Aboriginal you may see, just think there are another two trying to do well and help my people.