Top 10 Settler Excuses for Colonialism
While I may not totally agree with all of its arguments, and some of it is clearly Australia-specific, this set of replies by the blog Blackfellas to the “Top Ten Colonist Self Justifications” offered by white Australians is hilarious. I have no doubt Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the US can easily adapt these rationalizations to this part of the world.
The list nails the usual litany of excuses trotted out by some non-Aboriginal people when confronted with the possibility that they may in some small way benefit from the fruits of colonialism past and present.
I’ve only presented the self-justifications. Visit Blackfellas to see their amusing replies.
Top 10 Colonist Self Justifications
- I didn’t steal anything.
- You have to move forward.
- Aboriginals must share responsibility for where they are today.
- I was born here.
- We all have equal rights.
- Look what Aboriginals did with ATSIC. †
- Government spends a billion dollars a year on Aboriginals.
- Aboriginals don’t work.
- We gave you the right to vote.
- We must all move forward together.
† Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, a now-defunct national Aboriginal organization: ATSIC was disbanded in 2005 after being mired in controversy, replaced by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
I invite readers to supply their own replies (or excuses) in the comments section below for the Canadian context.
Let me start it off: “Uh, didn’t our Prime Minister say ‘We’re sorry’?” Hey, that works for Australia too!
[ Image via UFO Research Queensland ]