Wednesday, February 13, 2008
White man apologizes. (World stays the same.)
Blogger Mes Deux Cents, in a comment posted here last night, mentioned a piece of news I hadn’t heard.
Australia’s prime minister, Kevin Rudd, formally apologized yesterday to the Aboriginal people, Australia’s original inhabitants, who now constitute 2 percent of the population.
In particular Rudd apologized for the “Stolen Generations” – the decades-long practice of removing certain Aboriginal children from their families, making them wards of the state.
Mes Deux Cents wrote: “A basic part of respect is acknowledging a wrong done. Until America actually apologizes in a real way, we are not moving forward.”
I’ve embedded a portion of Mr. Rudd’s apology above. Check it out. Ponder it.
Do you think it would do any good if a U.S. president were to issue a similar apology to people of African descent? Or to the American Indians?
Now, the Internet being what it is, some wiseguy Down Under has already uploaded a comical twist on this event. It’s embedded below. You don’t need to know squat about Australian history or politics to find it amusing: