Quotes







"If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time; but if you are here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."


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 M Yunupingu

Australia will become a model for other global communities ... I see Australians coming together from all walks of life, especially indigenous and non-indigenous Australia, for a better tomorrow. We need to lock into one-another's point of view.

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Patrick Dodson

Each of us is unique. We are different. We are all Australians and call this home. Let us rejoice in our diversity and difference because it is they that will enrich us. It is who we are and where we want to be that will ultimately give us the strength, wisdom, inspiration and the generosity to get the job done.


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Kevin Gilbert 



No people are willing to stand by and see their rights, their human rights usurped or eroded and not do anything.


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 Cathy Freeman


Peace, unity and harmony!
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People could see in me who I am now, an Olympic champ, the best in the world.
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You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable.


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Our artists, philosophers and academics are whipped from the field of public discourse and retreat to the university quadrangle at a time when we need their opinion as never before.
White people’s ignorance of Aboriginal people is so pervasive, so profound, that it exhausts the Indigenous who are forced to argue every point: well, yes we did live here before you came, no,
we didn’t eat our children, yes, my grandfather was murdered by your grandfather, yes, my father went to both world wars alongside yours, no he didn’t get a soldier settlers’ farm like yours, no, we
didn’t invent the wheel…or the jail, or the rack, boiling oil, or instruments to pluck out fingernails, white collar crime; there were a lot of things we didn’t invent.
Convincing Ground: Learning to fall in love with your country (Chapter 16, Native Born) Download from AIATSIS
Bruce Pascoe
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Language is our soul.
Aunty Rose Fernando, Gamilaroi Elder, 1998

So I take this word reconciliation and I use it to reconcile people back to Mother Earth, so they can walk this land together and heal one another because she's the one that gives birth to everything we see around us, everything we need to survive. Max Dulumunmun Harrison, Yuin Nation


Language is the expression of our culture and our land. We cannot have one without the others. We cannot describe our culture and our land if we do not have language.
(Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee, 2006 )


We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it Tom Dystra




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Resistance/Activism/Oppression/Discrimination/Racism Quotes

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. Abraham J. Heschel

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently. Harry A. Blackmun

Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work. Angela Davis

It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.  James Arthur Baldwin 

The biggest problem though out the history of man is the fact that racism is anything but an anomoly.






5 comments:

  1. Lionel Rose, accepting 1968 Australian of the Year, as first Indigenous recipient - "A hundred and eighty two years ago one of my mob would have been a dead cert for this."

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    1. what in the world does a dead cert mean??

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  2. btw source for Lionel Rose quote is http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/recipients/?m=lionel-rose-1968

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  3. Governer Hunter said to Pemulwuy in a meeting in Sydney in May 1796, "The British Government has charged me to bring about Reconciliation between you Australians and we the British Colony."
    The dictionary says Reconciliation is - the ending of conflict or renewing of a friendly relationship between disputing people or groups.
    Thats all rosey and nice to say, however in Traditional Aboriginal Law and LORE the following are breaches of the Law or LORE and were punishable by death in 1796:
    RAPE
    MURDER
    GENOCIDE
    POISONING
    DEFORESTATION
    KILLING ANIMALS INDISCRIMINATELY
    REMOVAL OF PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOME
    FORCEABLY CAPTURING PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL
    ETC ETC ETC.
    And I say etc etc etc because there are too many breaches of Traditional Aboriginal Law or LORE to mention here that were perpetrated by the British Colonials.
    My Point?
    There was no Reconciliation or Peace to be had. Not in Traditional Aboriginal terms nor modern Australian terms. Only conquering and complete domination over a "Savage and Primative people".
    Pemulwuy's Head along with many thousands of other Aboriginal heads was taken, and sent to England. And after all this has happened, we are asked to forget about the past and move on and Reconcile with Reconciliation Australia etc etc.
    NEVER - or until I may take my own heads.

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