Australia - 'Boiling Anger', 'Simmering Resentment'
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By Christine Kearney
July 31, 2016 "Information
Clearing House" - "ABC"
Indigenous broadcaster Stan Grant has delivered an
impassioned speech, describing his "pulsating rage"
and "simmering resentment" about the way Aboriginal
youths have been treated.
Grant urges a
treaty that speaks to 'the hooded, beaten boys'
broadcaster fought back tears as he recalled the
pain of watching the Four Corners report — "the boys
who look like my boys" — with his teenage son.
my teenage son as he saw this unfold before him,"
him lose his place in the world. With each scene
of horror, he became less sure of his country."
argued that Malcolm Turnbull's royal commission call
little had changed since a royal commission into
black deaths in custody two decades ago and called
for a different type of commission.
than the royal commission, perhaps it is now time
for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission: a full
reckoning of our nation's past that may set loose
the chains of history that bind this country's first
people and hold us still so miserably impoverished,"
caution in the past, I've argued against such
things, fearing it would potentially harden
week I accept that more than ever we need this
mirror into our soul."
Australia to look to the examples of New Zealand,
the United States and Canada, and negotiate a treaty
with its Indigenous population.
even unattainable, sings to the heart of Indigenous
people here in a way that recognition cannot," he
"We need to
infuse it with the urgency of now. It needs to speak
to substance, not symbolism.
to speak with hope to the hooded, beaten boys in
dark prison cells."
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