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Part 2: How do we save Aboriginal people these days from self-pity?

Posted in Aboriginal with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2009 by marvynmc
How do we save people these days from self-pity and discouragement and suicide here in Port Augusta? It seems easy to blame others, but what can we do to change things?
Part 1 of this note basically said:
  • ‘erase the word self-pity from your mind’
  • that there are reasons why Aboriginal Peoples feel the way they do
  • it is often very difficult for Non-Aboriginal people to have empathy with Aboriginal Peoples because they have never experienced some of the issues and problems we Aboriginal people often have to face each day.
  • also the first note highlighted that we Aboriginal people have only had relatively 42 years of freedom to develop freely again has a race and people, though we are fully aware that for every step forward we often take five steps back.
  • whilst for some Christianity (or any religion for that matter) can be useful today it faithful followers need to be ever mindful that in the past religion was often used to oppress and strip away a great part of Aboriginal culture and identity.

By me saying all this let me make one thing very very clear – this does not mean that we Aboriginal people can then merely sit down on our backsides forever pointing our finger at the whitefellas and blaming them, for when we point our finger at them we must always remember that there are always three fingers pointing back out us.

So now having said all that, I want to actually re-phrase the original question by turning:

How do we save people these days from self-pity and discouragement and suicide here in Port Augusta? It seems easy to blame others, but what can we do to change things?

INTO

How do we teach people to take some personal responsibility for their lot in life and how to encourage them to turn their lives around, especially those people who may be abusing substances or even contemplating suicide?

I like this quote:

I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

Personal Responsibility is acknowledging and accepting the fact that You, and only You, are the only one answerable to the outcome of Your life. Taking personal responsibility means to accept the consequences of Your life as a result of Your actions and inactions.

At the end of the day You are ultimately responsible for everything around You. You are in full control of what happens and what your reaction would be. There is no one to blame except for yourself.

 
What the Above Poster Say is This
It seems easier to defend actions than to honestly examine them. We are quicker to attack than admit. Admission requires courage! When we summon the courage to take ownership of our experiences to see them just as they are, to feel them, we will recover the blueprints of  our lives. We will face our fears and find the transparent beliefs that create them. Becoming more honest with ourselves means introducing more honesty into the collective conciousness of the world, and this lays a foundation upon which an elightened planetary civilisation can be built
 
I like this story
 
One day a high-school philosophy teacher first approached a student with this idea, that at the end of the day You are ultimately responsible for everything around You. You are in full control of what happens and what your reaction would be. There is no one to blame except for yourself.

The student answered:

“Bullshit. How am I supposed to be responsible for everything? What if you throw a book at me and I have to go to the hospital? How is being hit with a book my responsibility?”

The high-school philosophy teacher resonded with a grin and said:

“You should have moved”.

Because our people have only recently been released from the 179 years of the burdensome yoke of opression they often still feel its invisible weight upon their shoulders, minds and perceptions.

Some fall into bad behaviour by abusing drugs and alcohol to take away their pains and heartache but in the end such bad behaviour ultimately can lead to death and oblivion.

Others have come through stronger and more wiser from their many trials and tribulations and it is often only these Aboriginal People who can help other Aboriginal People to hopefully overcome their own trials and tribulations for they can truly have empathy for their Brothers and Sisters.

Some times we Aboriginal Peoples still often need the help, assistance, experience, knowledge and friendship of our Fellow White Australians to help us make it through, but that does not mean we should then sit idly by and let them do all the work – in fact we must be the ones to get up and lead the way for both our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Brothers and Sisters to follow.

We must take personal responsibility not only for ourselves; we must also take personal responsibility for our children/grand-children, our Familys, our Communities and any White Australian Brother and Sister who may want to help us .

Such personal responsibility is often hard work, with long hours and with limited rewards and recognition.

Some times you will be often knocked flat by the very People You are trying to help, by Your own Family and even white fellas – but never give up, when knocked flat to the ground, dust yourself off, pick yourself up from the ground, and go into the fray again and again.

But do not burn yourself out – always have an outlet and periods of rest and relaxation away from it all and recharge your batteries – for if you cannot look after yourself how can you ever hope to look after others…

 

Am I Racist Against Me Fellow Australians?

Posted in Aboriginal, Aboriginal Land Rights, Aboriginal Treaty, Australia, Australia Day, culture, Education, My Beliefs, My Poems, Poems, politics, South Australia, Treaty with tags , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2009 by marvynmc
Three Australian Distinct Peoples Flags
‘Am I Racist Against Me Fellow Australians?
©2009 Walha Udi Marvyn McKenzie Snr

A recent tit for tat dialogue with a facebook user,
has made me question my values, beliefs, mind and heart
‘Am I a Racist against me Fellow White Australians?’
So thinking about this question: Where do I start?

Well lets start by defining racism – the belief that one’s own race is superior to another,
That physical attributes determine a groups social behavior and intelligence,
Ultimately, the racist believes that the inferiority of others is a basis for inferior social treatment,
Therefore, I cannot be a Racist if by this definition Racism is meant.

Do I think Aboriginal people are superior to White Australians?
No – I do not think the Aboriginal Race is Superior – one way or the other,
I do think the Aboriginal Race are often still seen as Inferior,
But then I ask meself: ‘Why do people want to oppress us & even smother?

What is it about our Aboriginal Race and Identity that makes others tremble so,
For the Australian Governments & People to ignore, oppress and fear?
Is it because we are asserting and pleading our UN Indigenous Rights?,
Is it because we are saying our Race has not died out, these are our Ancient Lands, we are still here?

Why is it that whenever we Aboriginal people assert and plead these historical factual Indigenous Rights,
that our Fellow Australians choose to ignore them through ignorance and bigotry,
They try to say we are all equal now and all are Australians,
Yet they all seem to forget that were always once classed as a separate Race, Constitutionally.

Within the Australian Constitution it was once clearly enshrined and plainly racially stated:
The Parliament shall, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government respect to:
The people of any race, other than the aboriginal race in any State…
Just because this was changed in the 1967 Referendum does not mean the aboriginal race is through.

For are we members of the aboriginal race still not living here in Australia since these changing words?,
Do we now no longer see ourselves as a separate aboriginal race, but part of the Australian Race?
Oops! Sorry to burst your bubble but there is no such thing as an Australian Race,
but there is still a separate aboriginal race in Australia for I see such a race in my grand-child’s face.

My Grand-child, my children, my people and I are descendants of the ‘aboriginal race’,
But we do not call ourselves aboriginal or indigenous – label names from government policy,
We rather use our old Ancient Names to both describe other Australians and ourselves,
Utnyu (corpse, Europeans) what we call white-fellas, whilst our name is Yura – ‘of the Earth’ are we.

‘Am I a Racist against me Fellow White Australians?’
No, for I believe fully in Reconciliation of Australians, Torres Strait Islanders and we the Aborigine,
With such Reconciliation should come mutual recognition, repsect, pride and admiration,
For unless such Reconciliation occurs then there will always be some Australians living here unequally.

But before Reconciliation can occur between Australians, Torres Strait Islander and we Aborigine,
There are many past and present social and poliitical injustices that need to be brought into the light,
Such social and political injustices have created deep wounds and a wide chasm between our Peoples,
Today, it are these injustices that Torres Strait Islanders and we the Aborigine continue to fight.

For we all know fully within all our hearts and minds, including some of our Fellow Australians
That unless these past injuctices are identified, recognised and fully restored in Australia,
Then our Nation will forever remain the poorer for itself, without a true identity and culture,
And the rest of the World will look upon our Nation and will continue to rebuke it has an utter failure.

Re: Queen Victoria’s 1842 South Australia Act & King William IV 1836 Letters Patent

Posted in Aboriginal, Aboriginal Land Rights, Aboriginal Treaty, Adnyamathanha Yura Culture, Australia, culture, Education, My Beliefs, politics, South Australia, Treaty with tags , , , , , , on August 8, 2009 by marvynmc

King William IV Letters Patent Question:

Did the 1842 South Australia Act signed and executed by Queen Victoria extinguish in any shape or form the legal and moral standing of the earlier 1836 King William IV Letters Patent?

Link to Queen Victoria 1842 South Australia Act: http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/resources/transcripts/sa6_doc_1842.pdf

Link to King William IV Letters Patent: http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/resources/transcripts/sa2_doc_1836.pdf

In 1836, South Australia is founded as a British Colony Business Enterprise by the South Australian Association. Executive action to establish the Province under the 1834 (South Australia) Foundation Act was taken in February 1836, when King William IV signed the Letters Patent.

This Act and the Letters Patent achieved the founding of the Colony…but the failure of the Wakefield plan meant that a second South Australia Act was required and this was enacted in 1842.

The area of what is now South Australia and the Northern Territory was defined as ‘unoccupied’ or ‘waste lands’ which were ‘supposed to be fit for the purposes of colonisation’ thus overriding any rights of the’ Aboriginal inhabitants.

However…

Within King William IV Letters Patent which basically was his executive Royal decision to establish a South Australian British Colony is the following Clause:

“Provided Always that nothing in those our Letters Patent contained shall affect or be construed to affect the rights of any Aboriginal Natives of the said Province to the actual occupation or enjoyment in their own Persons or in the Persons of their Descendants of any Lands therein now actually occupied or enjoyed by such Natives.”

This Clause within King William IV Letters Patent has never been honoured by any South Australian Government since 1836 to 2009, both legally or morally.

In 1842, because the Business Enterprise proved to be an utter failure a new Act of Parliament, the South Australia Act, was passed and excuted by Queen Victoria.

So Again I must Ask the Question:

Did the 1842 South Australia Act signed and executed by Queen Victoria extinguish in any shape or form the legal and moral standing of the earlier 1836 King William IV Letters Patent?