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The origin of PREJUDICE

History has a way of rewriting the past, even internet searches are becoming more difficult as sites other than what you are looking for are promoted first. Darwin is hailed as a breakthrough scientist, deserving of esteem as he re-directed the course of a modern world away from the concept of a Creator to the idea of evolution.

It was commonly held that ‘kinds’ alter due to habitat or breeding, but he took the concept further, that species created new species until they evolved from primitive man to modern man. He created a link between monkey and man, anthropologists and archaeologists where given endless government grants to search for the elusive ‘missing link’.

‘ Many kinds of monkeys have a strong taste for tea, coffee, and spiritous liquors: they will also, as I have myself seen, smoke tobacco with pleasure. The same tastes are common to some animals much lower in the scale. Mr. A. Nichols informs me that he kept in Queensland, in Australia, three individuals of the Phaseolarctus cinereus; and that, without having been taught in any way, they acquired a strong taste for rum, and for smoking tobacco.Charles Darwin. (The Descent of Man)

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Charles Darwin wrote ‘The Origin of Species in 1859, its full title was The Origin of Species by means of natural selection or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle of life’. Despite its disturbing title, it is a charming naturalist read regarding flowers, pigeons and animal kinds , where breeding has determined the outcome of the species. The language is academic, and as such is a thesis.However in 1861 he wrote ‘The Descent of Man’ in a broader narrative.

Many Scientists now agree the there is an intelligent creator and that organisms don’t change their cell structure and if they did then it would be a mutation, that would cause malfuntion.

"Intelligent design..the big discovery in the 1950's and 60's was the DNA molecule ...functioning like an alphabet ..the genetic code...we see an activity of a mind, in a directing process" Stephen Meyer, wrote Darwin's Doubt

The Decent of Man, exposes his racial bias and became the pillar and justification of numerous genocides and the slavery of humans. He promotes that some people are like animals and some have evolved a greater intellect. He’s interpretation of creation became the Modern Bible and has governed many actions, justified by this book. Survival of the fitness became a benchmark theory, only the fittest would survive for breeding. Nazi’s put his theory into practice.

“We were lucky as we were all selected to go on one side, I don’t know which one was the good one, right or left? But we were allowed to go home. That day I lost my grandparents, aunties and uncles.” Rosa explains. (holocaust surviver)

The Scandinavian Peninsula was considered to be the historical cradle and the heartland of this ‘master race’.In the 1930s it came to be associated with the genetic cleansing of Nazi Germany.

Aboriginal Australian people were targeted by Darwin as Australia had recently been discovered and allowed him to explore and experiment. Aboriginal people became subjects of Darwin’s theories, their skulls were measured to determine the ‘primitive baseline’. The scientific term was craniometry. Aboriginal, ‘stolen children’ are a testament to his breeding programs.

The Mismeasure of Man is a critical analysis of the early works of scientific racism which promoted “the theory of unitary, innate, linearly rankable intelligence”—such as craniometry, the measurement of skull volume and its relation to intellectual faculties.

The root of racism and social violence is from the concepts of Darwinism, an unhealthy deathly theory, whose fruits have been slavery and prejudice and every unjustifiable treatment of another human. A dead and dangerous theory, as all persons are born equal.

the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore 

You can read the following direct quotes from this supremacist fable.My apologies for the offensive concepts in the below quote but people take on Darwin’s theories as ‘truth’ without ever knowing what he actually wrote. 

‘Nor is the difference slight in moral disposition between a barbarian, such as the man described by the old navigator Byron, who dashed his child on the rocks for dropping a basket of sea-urchins, and a Howard or Clarkson; and in intellect, between a savage who uses hardly any abstract terms, and a Newton or Shakspeare. Differences of this kind between the highest men of the highest races and the lowest savages, are connected by the finest gradations. Therefore it is possible that they might pass and be developed into each other.

My object in this chapter is to shew that there is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties. Each division of the subject might have been extended into a separate essay, but must here be treated briefly. As no classification of the mental powers has been universally accepted, I shall arrange my remarks in the order most convenient for my purpose; and will select those facts which have struck me most, with the hope that they may produce some effect on the reader.

The savage and the dog have often found water at a low level, and the coincidence under such circumstances has become associated in their minds. A cultivated man would perhaps make some general proposition on the subject; but from all that we know of savages it is extremely doubtful whether they would do so, and a dog certainly would not.

 

With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

 

 

Banner Photo of people protesting the treatment of Aboriginal people. Blocking the intersection of Bourke and Swanston street in 2016.

QUOTE    David Gelernter Professor of Computer Science Yale Interview on Mathematical Challenges to Darwins Theory

Plundered & Broken

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The tale of Aboriginal plunder is a never-ending ballad that sings in the winds of this great country, a land that Elea (Albert) Namatjira painted so lovingly in watercolour. Namatjira’s world-renowned artistic status may have provided him with a thin shield against racism but it was easily shattered, even his greatness, wealth and innocence could not protect him from incarceration.

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Namatjira surrounded by family as he painted

The legend begins when Artist , Rex Battarbee took a painting trip into the Outback, after returning from the devastation of War in the 1930’s. He met Namatjira and it was through their collaboration that the 30-year-old Aranda man learnt to paint and exhibit. They went onto become lifetime friends, able to see pass the bigotry of the day.

International success took this humble man to great worldly heights, he was awarded the Coronation Medal and was the toast of the town. His exhibitions sold out shortly after they opened and most kitchens had one of his reproductions on a calendar or tea towel.

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Before the 1967 Referendum, Australian Aboriginals where denied Human Constitutional Rights and were categorised as part of the wildlife or wards of the state. They were denied most basic human rights and in an insipid twist of irony could not own their land as it had been acquired by the Commonwealth.

Namatjira’s unprecedented rise on the world stage would require him to have a passport and his growing wealth attracted taxes, thus him and his wife Robina were given Australian citizenship  in 1957, enabling him to buy a house in Morris Soak .

Unfortunately his children were not granted citizenship and were regarded as ‘Wards of the State’ as all Aboriginal people were. They did not have the right to choose their marriage partner, be legally responsible for their own children,to change location or socialise with non-aboriginals. It also meant that when the Great Artist and his wife died the Legal Will that aimed to financially protect their children was made void as his children belonged to the state. Their financial copyright royalties were ‘acquired’ by the state and sold on.

The Namatjira Project  began as an objective to buy back the royalties (which will expire shortly) but has become a legal investigation.

The most moving part of the film is when Namatjira’s  homeless grandson gives his artwork to the Queen in her palace and walks away empty-handed. The documentary is a thoughtful journey, full of beautiful archives and an artistic vision, they tip toe over a mine field but I think they have let off a bomb.

*Due to the humane efforts of The Namatjira Project, the Royalties have been returned.

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Another victory in justice for the family

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The Namatjira Family continue the water-colour tradition as their cultural inheritance.

A Message from the Family

It is a with a heavy heart that we write to let you know that our dear friend and watercolour artist of true talent, Kumantjai K Namatjira has passed away. On Saturday afternoon 3rd November in Alice Springs Hospital, he bid farewell, surrounded by family. One year after his cousin, Kumantjai L Namatjira, and 5 years after meeting The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

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by April Forward

THE NAMATJIRA PROJECT

DIRECTOR & CINEMATOGRAPHER Sera Davies

PRODUCER

Sophia Marinos

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Julia Overton

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS (CULTURAL)
Lenie Namatjira
Gloria Pannka