Stop ‘moving on’ – a message to White Australia.

It’s very easy to say “yes that ‘happened’, but we’ve moved on”, when you are on the perpetrating, winning or ‘privileged’ side of that ‘thing’ which ‘happened’.

I see it all the time in White Australia.

As a white kid growing up that was the attitude I was taught toward history, that history was just a bunch of interesting stories that happened in the past. Stories we should enjoy and remember, but barely any different from fiction.

Who knows what is and isn’t true about history I was told. History is written by the victor, I was told. History is mostly about wars and how they were won, I was told.

In White Australia, we do not pay much attention to history as a general social rule and where we do our inability to do so respectfully is infamous.

Tony Abbott’s latest declaration is absolutely indicative of that:

“The arrival of the first fleet was the defining moment in the history of this continent. Let me repeat that: it was the defining moment in the history of this continent,” (emphasis added). 

I disagree. Certainly that was a defining moment in the history of this continent, but this continent’s history is MUCH longer than the history of this ‘country’. Continue reading Stop ‘moving on’ – a message to White Australia.

Tiananmen Square 25 year anniversary checklist (gulp!) #100daysofblogging #day3

Yesterday was the 25 year anniversary of the June 3-4 massacre in Tiananmen Square, China.

Tiananmen Square Lego recreationThe massacre was the Chinese governments response to ongoing protests by students and pro-democracy activists who had been agitating for several years by then.

Students had previously protested in Tiananmen Square on New Years Day in 1987, with 24 ‘troublemakers’ being taken away by police. Then Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang is said to have resigned ‘as a result of the [recent] student demonstrations‘.

It was Hu’s death in 1989 which provided the initial impetus for students to march on Tiananmen Square, beginning on the night of April 15. On the night of April 17 thousands of students met and occupied the square.

On April 21 over 100,000 people marched on Tiananmen Square. Continue reading Tiananmen Square 25 year anniversary checklist (gulp!) #100daysofblogging #day3