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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

SEXISM IS A CRIME.

Domestic Violence in our homes.

I will stand at my Watchpost, I will station myself on the Rampart.

Violence against women occurs across cultures and communities. It takes many forms, including physical, sexual, social, emotional, cultural, spiritual and financial abuse, and a wide range of controlling, coercive and intimidating behaviour. Regardless of the form it takes, it is understood to be most often used by men and its impact is to limit and control women’s independence.‘      White Ribbon

How did the need for women to enjoy the right of personal freedom and safety get so tangled up with a minority of women drawn into sexual exhibitionism. The word is INDUSTRY it’s essence is Corporate. Sex sells, so regardless of how many women and girls are beaten and raped, the magazines ramp up; serial rapists/murderers are the main themes of TV crime stories and pornography is the Porn Industry. The Slave trade is a thriving ‘industry’. To abuse women is profitable, to deprive them of property reduces their social standing and their ability to ward off poverty.

Few people are aware that Corporations have deemed themselves Persons, therefore enabling themselves the protections that were designed for the vulnerable. Sexism is a incorporated crime, fuelled by the media and ignored in the community.

A true story of an Australian Woman.

I left my husband due to Domestic violence, not the type that hit but rather a tyrannical power that undermined the safety of my son and myself. I left him with the property as I wanted a clean break.

With a small loan I built a modest house. No sooner had the garden been planted, a neighbourhood gang of men accumulated outside my fence in the dead of night and ripped my front fence down. From my bedroom window I watched the violent force they used.

Every night they came. Sometimes to steal and sometimes to destroy.

They did the rounds, targeting Single women of the neighbourhood. A woman knocked on my door after the police car pulled away one night and asked. "Is it happening to you also?"
A girls refuge in the area had burnt crucifixes on the front lawn.

I eventually gave up and rented in town, by this time, I had lost my house,suffered PTSD, fear of the outdoors, insomnia that lasted 4 years and migraines, but still had the task to raise my son. There was no time to recover, I had to work.

‘White Ribbon Australia understands that the range of types of violence and their impacts on women and girls occur on a continuum, so that behaviours such as sexist jokes are seen as resulting from the same culture that enables physical and sexual assault, and murder of women and girls.’

Recently I overheard a conversation of some couples enjoying the outdoors and a few drinks with their meal. A conversation between a couple went like this..

HER: " Don't get drunk"

HIM: "Shut up C_ _ T"

FRIENDS: 'Laughter'

And what about teenagers and girls, who are growing up in a climate of corporate paedophilia and hyper-sexualisation? What is feminism going to do about this sordid mess.’  Due/Simic

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Violence against women is not hidden, its in plain site. A brothel in St Kilda boasts of having ‘Women on tap’ on an ugly sign, displayed on one of the busiest roads in Melbourne. We need to consider the boundaries that we are tearing down in the name of progress.

Quotes from White Ribbon website
& The Great Feminist Denial. Monica Dux/Zora Simic Melb Uni Press 2008

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

An Important Woman and How a Melbourne Man rescued a slave.

Stop Human trafficking

“Seven young women were huddled together on bare mattresses on the floor. Condoms strung over the garbage can, plastic bags of their street clothes and working clothes, just terrified. Beaten and terrified.

Blow by blow it hurts, it hurts on so many levels and then it hurts again. Every thing is affected when human relationships are punctured by trust.

Young European girls are lured by attractive boys or modelling prospects and then beaten,raped and resold as slaves. They are denied every level of freedom.

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The terrible suffering of parents, brothers and sisters that mourn for them would be shocked to realise the protectors are the facilitator. Young women thrown in dirty cells untill the next United Nations officer pays the brothel, for her service.

Kathryn Bolkovac was a UN officer in Bosnia in the late 1990s. She was a police investigator for ten years and spent two years in Bosnia as a Peace Keeper with the United Nations.

She reported on the white slave trade and was dismissed in a cover-up by the UN, that not only utilised stolen women, they perpetuated the suffering. She discovered that the UN officers were frequenting a bar that used hostaged women as sexual objects and tortured them on stage.

Bolkavac went through the regulatory channels to report and help the young women. She was sacked.

A movie starring Rachel Weisz, ‘The Whistleblower‘ dramatised the main events that  Kathryn Bolkovac witnessed. A book with the same title, names the perpetrators.

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. “I want to educate the naive ……. these injustices can only be described as a disease , it destroys the very frame-work that was created to set the example of law and justice.

I witnessed violent acts against women and children in the aftermath of Genocide that facilitated human trafficking

I saw disturbing and inexcusable acts (of UN employees) these included sexual harassment of female employees. Employers were becoming frequent users of  (rape) pornography, frequenting prostitutes and admitting to purchase foreign women to keep at home with them as their ‘girlfriends’.”

I witnessed, experienced and lived the retaliation of those that tried to investigate a report. Reports of UN officers facilitating human trafficking across international borders.I heard deregulatory comments regarding the innocent, being refered to as whores of war.

I was demoted and dismissed.”

Slavery, tragically, is one of the strongest economic ‘industries’ in the modern world. Bolkavac claims that helping the healing process of the victims is a key to the important legal testimony of the crime.

The Whistleblower currently on NETFLIX

IN AUSTRALIA

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Human Trafficking is a serious human rights violation globally and a crime here in Australia. People from 136 different countries were trafficked into 118 different countries between 2007 and 2010. Australia is one of the destinations where people are being trafficked.

Australian Red Cross has managed the government-funded Support for Trafficked People (STPP) program since 2009. The aim is to meet the health and welfare needs of people who have been trafficked and to help them re-establish their lives.

The program is an integral part of support and advocate for people who have been made vulnerable through the process of migration. Since beginning this work, Red Cross has provided support to more than 130 women and men who have been trafficked to Australia. Our clients come from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, reflecting the global nature of human trafficking.

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Providing this support cannot be done in isolation.The Red Cross works collaboratively with government agencies, NGOs, and service providers to meet the needs of people who have been trafficked. This ensures that they provide comprehensive support as they recover from their experience.

A person in a trafficking situation may not always be kept under lock and key. They may appear to have some freedom, but they may be subject to more subtle forms of control. Depending on the specific type of trafficking, members of the community – co-workers, suppliers, health care workers, social workers, shop owners, in fact anyone in the community – could have contact with a trafficked person.

Unless members of the community know the signs, they may not be able to recognise and report human trafficking. There are a number of signs which could indicate a person has been trafficked. It is important to remember that, on their own, these signs do not automatically mean someone is being exploited or trafficked. They simply tell us that ‘something’ may be happening and that we need to seek advice to find out more information.

Red Flags of Slavery

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• Is deceived about working conditions in Australia.

• Has no control over their place of work or hours of work, or is being confined or isolated in the workplace and only leaves at odd times.

• Is not being paid or appears to be repaying a large debt to their employer or a third party (such as a recruitment service).

• Is subject to, or is threatened with violence in connection with their employment.

• Has personal documents, such as passports, held by a third person and they are not allowed to access these documents when they wish to do so.

• Is subject to different or less favourable working conditions than other employees who are permanent residents or citizens of Australia.

HOW A MELBOURNE MAN IN HONG KONG,

BECAME A QUIET HERO

He was wandering through an area in Hong Kong when a woman approached him,

“Help me!” She pleaded quietly, as the Brothel Madam watched on, in the distance.

“Go away” he yelled, as he whispered “I’ll be back”.

He came back and ‘rented her’ to procure her details. She was a educated woman offered a career advancement in Hong Kong, however when she arrived, her passport was taken from her and she was forced into sexual slavery.

He contacted the police and escalated the matter as far as it could go. A sting operation was organised to rescue her and the other victims.

She is now home safe in Thailand and corresponds her gratitude to her Australian Hero.

(for matters of security names are with-held)

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Australian High Court and slavery, the case of Wei Tang:

Wei Tang The High Court has provided judicial guidance on the meaning of slavery in the Criminal Code in its ruling R v Tang (2008) 237 CLR 1 (R v Tang). The accused in this case was Ms Tang, the owner of a licensed brothel in Melbourne. In 2003, she had been arrested and charged for slavery offences allegedly committed against five women, all of whom were Thai nationals.

Ms Tang and her associates had ‘purchased’ each of these women for a fee of $20,000, with Ms Tang taking a 70 percent share in the purchase. Each of the women were considered to be contract workers, who had agreed to repay a debt of around $45,000, which was owed to the syndicate involving Ms Tang. For each client that the women serviced, $50 of the $110 service price would be applied to their debt and the remainder would go to the syndicate.

In other words, the debt could be repaid after the woman had serviced around 900 customers, during which time she effectively earned very little money to keep for herself.

refer to

http://www.antislavery.org.au

http://www.redcross.org.au    www.aic.gov.au  Art2Healing Project

Heyman Center for the Humanities