Offensive and ignorant
Jim Davidson, Terip Terip
I HAVE stopped being surprised that anyone could object to changing our national day to a date that does not bring sorrow and offence to many of our Indigenous people.
However, I am appalled at the offensiveness and ignorance displayed by Cecelia Moore in her letter last week where she stated that, “We brought Christianity to the various Indigenous clans throughout our land, and they should be grateful for that….” (Gazette, November 1).
By “we” and “our” land, I assume she means “white Europeans”?
The old argument of “terra nullius”, meaning “land belonging to no one”, was overturned in the Mabo Land Rights when a decision was handed down in 1992.
It is not valid to claim this, either legally or morally.
This attitude justified the widespread dispossession of lands, slaughter, poisoning and rape, hardly Christian behaviours.
The motives were not religious but purely venal.
The practice of Christianising the “native people” was based on a paternalistic and racist belief that the indigenous peoples were heathen savages, an inferior race, and that we know what is best for them.