Genocides hatred and racism that eventually resulted in this

Genocides don’t just randomly occur. There has to be a lot of anger from one group of people towards another to start a genocide. And even after the genocide ends there is still a lot of pain and trauma for the victims. This is proven in a genocide that happened in Australia called the “stolen generations”. There was a lot of racism in Australia at this time so to try and “save” the indigenous people the government took children from their families and put them in either institutions or with white families where they would then learn to resent and hate their own heritage. But again, this didn’t just all the sudden happen overnight without warning, it started with already growing hatred and racism that eventually resulted in this genocide that has left people to this day still depressed and traumatized.In Australia leading up to 1910 and throughout years past it there was a lot of racism present (Sorry Day). The idea of white superiority and black inferiority was obviously present in Australia at this time. In the beginning of the 20th century it was believed that the people viewed to be “unfit” and as “aboriginals” in their society would just eventually “die out” (Sorry Day). Although, it eventually became clear that this would not end up being the case and that larger steps would need to be taken (Australians Together). One of these steps that were taken was the government discontinued their policy of protection which separated out white people and the “aboriginals” (Australians Together). The government then adopted the assimilation process and tried to assimilate the “aboriginals” into everyday white society (Australians Together). This did not work very well though because the presence of racism was so large that it was nearly impossible for any of the “aboriginals” to assimilate even if they wanted too (Australians Together).But, before anything could really happen the government had to gain control over the people. Many different tactics and steps were taken before they could even begin to force children to leave their homes. One of the first actions taken was the Assimilation Policy (Australians Together). This policy was completely based off of black inferiority and white superiority (Australians Together). The policy mainly focused on children because they were thought to be more adaptable to white society than adults (Australians Together). It also made it legal for the children to be forced out of their homes (Australian Together). Along with all of that the Assimilation Policy basically tricked all the people it applied to. It said that they could enjoy the same standard living lives as white australians if they adopted European beliefs and culture and were able to be absorbed into white society (Australians Together). Unfortunately, the people who tried to follow this rule probably failed for the most part because of how hard it was to be absorbed in the white society due to racism. The “aboriginals” greatly suffered from being targeted during this genocide. Just between 1910 and 1917 10%-33% of people were forcibly removed from their homes (Australians Together). These children then became known as the stolen generations. Children of mixed race were more vulnerable than others because people believed they could be assimilated into society easier (Australians Together). Once, the children were taken some were adopted by families and others were put into institutions where they were often abuse and neglected. In these homes or institutions the children were taught to reject their heritage and were forbidden to speak their traditional language. On top of that their names were often changed to make it easier for them to be absorbed into white society (Australian). This obviously had a lot of traumatic impacts on the children and their families.These events caused a lot of traumatic impacts on the children that were taken and their families. Many children were often physically, sexually, and psychologically abused when in the institutions and the homes of other families (Stolen Generations). This abuse then led to issues such as depression in their future (Creative Spirits). The children at the institutions were also frequently harshly punished and received little to no affection (Creative Spirits). Unfortunately this actually led to more sexual abuse because when the children would be abused they weren’t really aware of what was happening because they thought they were receiving genuine affection but they weren’t (Creative Spirits). And, since they were taught to reject their culture feelings of shame towards their heritage began to show (Creative Spirits). Many children also never knew who their biological family was or where they were from because they were told that their parents either died or abandoned them (Creative Spirits). This then led to more issues because they didn’t have any role models to learn things like how to parent or how to manage a relationship. These children were also given a very poor education which made them more likely to be unemployed in the future (Creative Spirits). All of these things led to several issues that these children had to deal with in their lives such as; loneliness, low self esteem, and loss of identity (because they were taught to reject the culture they were born into), they also had to deal with legal problems such as having trouble applying for legal documents, had trust issues, and some would refuse to go to hospitals and seek medical help because they didn’t trust the medical services (Creative Spirits). The genocide didn’t just affect the children that were taken though, it also affected their families. Some parents who had their children taken never recovered from their grief and to deal with this they tended to either turn to alcohol to suppress the grief or they would commit suicide (Stolen Generations). Some of these problems like depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress are still affecting victims to this day. Although, Kevin Rudd did issue a national apology to all the victims and their families on February 13th, 2008, there is still a large amount of mistrust throughout the community (Sorry Day). But, there are ways to prevent genocides like this from happening in the future. First of all, many leaders of genocides passed laws that helped give them the power they need to actually to do the genocide without people realizing it. So, governments need to keep an eye on the leader and the laws they pass to make sure those laws aren’t giving the leader too much power. So, basically there needs to be checks and balances. If Germany had a government with stronger checks and balances maybe the Holocaust wouldn’t have happened, same with Australia. People need to look towards the future when deciding whether or not to pass a law or elect a certain person for office. There are ways to prevent tragedies like this from happening again we all just need to pay attention.There have been so many horrible tragedies in the world that continue to affect their victims even years past its actual occurrence. This is proven from the “stolen generations” genocide. But we need to learn, the world needs to learn how to recognize the signs that something bad is gonna happen and people need to push their fear aside and stand up for what is right, because one of the main reasons people get away with genocides is because bystanders don’t stand up to them. It is 2018 and we all need to push our differences apart and come together to end tragedies like this from happening again in the future.

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