Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Howard is NOT a racist
I have been called a racist before, and no doubt I will be called it again after this post, but I strongly disagree with Hone Harawira's claims that John Howard is a racist due to the scheme he is putting into place in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.
Howard is taking a much needed step to hinder the abuse and alcholism that takes place within these communities, by placing a ban on alcohol and pornography. He also placing stricter control on welfare payments and placing more police and troops into the area.
Unless you have ever seen an outback Aboriginal community, the drug and rehabilitation centres overflowing with Aborigianl families who have lived in there for generations without changing, had to clean the up the mess off your front lawn from bottles and human excremement, had to lock yourself away when in areas such as Lajamanu when they head out of the dry area to drink - get completely totalled and then head back into the village leaving a trail of destruction.
Or for tales of Aboriginal abuse of adults and children talk to the Flying Doctors and Nurses because the tales are pretty grim, or the Katherine Hospital staff who have babies left with brains hanging out - its not a pretty picture.
Howard is seen to be targeting Aborginals - well he is. It is they that need help to better educate the future generations about what is and is not acceptable and to assist them in helping improve their future. And whilst their are other races who have these problems they are by no means as concentrated as that within these societies.
These are some of the poorest people in Australia, and I would even the say world, but they are overlooked. By taking away alcohol this will at least mean that some sort of rationalisation between people can take place without the violence that alcohol seems to cause them to break out into, by placing measures on welfare payments this will see that parents are vigilant in getting their children educated and health checks and behaving better, and who knows it may even lead to some getting jobs.
I feel that the measures Howard is putting in place probably will not fix the problem as the extra police and troops are not going to stay in the communitites in the long run, which is what is needed to ensure that such policies are enforced, however it certainly has highlighted problems within Aboriginal communities to the world and maybe finally some true relief and assistance in helping Aboriginals protect their future may be found. It also means that white and black communities can work together to find solutions rather than the extremely noticable segregation that is currently in place, it is going to take the two cultures working together to help end the horrors taking place in Aborginal tent cities.