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End Aboriginal Cult of Victimhood and Focus on What Matters

Too many Aboriginal people in this country suffer and languish — not due to a lack of energy, effort or resources, but misplaced priorities.


Take the recent†stories†generated by the 25th anniversary of the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. We’ve seen stories and heard speeches all centring on the theme of “25 years later, Aboriginal people still die in custody”. The usual suspect, racism, is fingered as the underlying cause of these deaths.

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Hobbled by History, Immersed in Self-Pity

The first and saddest reaction of far too many Indigenous activists and spokesmen is to see the past as a crushing burden, one that can only be lifted by profuse apologies and, the most recent demand, a rewritten Constitution. It is an attitude no less destructive than delusional.

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No More victimhood

A significant source of the problems facing Aboriginal people today is the status-quo acceptance of the victim status of Aboriginal people. It is one of the elephants in the room. In this chapter I will explore the dynamics of victimhood and why it is so problematic for Aboriginal people.

Originally published in the Connor Court publication, In Black and White: Australians All at the Crossroads.

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