Why the Impatience?

Genocide, ‘Ideology’ and Practical Reconciliation
by
July 2001, no. 232

Why the Impatience?

Genocide, ‘Ideology’ and Practical Reconciliation
by
July 2001, no. 232

Querulous impatience has overtaken discussion of Aboriginal matters in some quarters. ‘If we apologise, they must forgive and then assimilate. Invite them to discussions about how to ameliorate their misery – the disintegration of community, the alcoholism, the glue sniffing. But they mustn’t talk “ideology”. We’ve had enough brooding over the past, heard enough about treaties and self-determination, and more than enough about genocide. It’s time to move on.’ That’s what I hear and in that tone.

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