- Jun 28, 2004
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You can call it however you see it and whatever you want... makes zero difference, there's huge divides in this country and always will be... as for what goes on in other countries... I couldn't care less. I'm not sure how much of Australia you've travelled, but if it's half of what I've done then it's a lot.
Ask any aboriginal if the government has ever given them a fair go... race or nationality.
I respect your view that you find laws surrounding the permissions of indigenous Australians racist... I not so much, I believe they should be allowed to maintain traditions BUT it must be authentic... no shooting down bats for food with a .410... using spearguns to catch Australian Bass or snorkels fins and goggles to collect freshwater turtles.
Mate I would eat my left arm before I ate my turtles... purvisi are almost extinct in the wild. Not gonna happen on my watch.
I've travelled plenty of Australia, when up in NT I sit down and drink VB with the black fellas, have the popo come to try to rescue me and I tell them I'm fine, I have white locals look at me with utter contempt and disgust (I'm worse than an abo, you see? They were born abo, they can't help it, but I'm *choosing* to be a traitor to my race, etc). I know what it's like, I've also spent years in Asia, and I can totally tell you that Australia is by absolutely no means particularly racist by global standards. No western country is, and western culture is among the least racist in the world (though northern Australia is very racist by western standards).
Heh, I could throw your own standards back on you - who are *you* to tell *them* what they can and can't do? etc etc
Talking of shooting bats, the last time I was in NT (a few years ago now since I've been up there, it was in between trips to Asia) I said down with some black fellas at a roadhouse a few hundred clicks north of Daily Waters, and had the usual disgust directed at me from the girl who'd reluctantly sold me a VB. The were telling me about eating turtles and bats etc. I asked how they hunt the bats, if they used a rifle or boomerang, and I wish I could send a voice clip of my best imitation of the black lady saying "neer, we jus hid eem wiv a stick!" haha, it was brilliant. We had a great afternoon. If I hadn't had a plane to catch out of Darwin two days later I would have accepted their invitation to stay at their community.
While I would literally bet if push came to shove you'd eat your turtles before your arm, hey, I wouldn't be 100% surprised to lose. Not sure why you felt the need to say it though.