It's a sad state of affairs when an indigenous person has to target fear to assert identity. Whatever happened to acceptance? What's acceptable about being indigenous certainly isn't fear. Fear does more to alienate indigenous peoples from the rightful ownership of their lands than anything else. It's a primitive form of communication which denotes a lack of social skills, a tactic characteristic of men which relies on the subjugation of women. What's attractive about being indigenous is respecting elders and recognising equality between women and men. Governance conducted by agreement between women's and men's legislatures presided over by a council of elders is acceptable to most Australians, apart from a shrivelling rump of men who continue to support discrimination against women. And it's the only genuine basis for a treaty.

21 April, 2011

souce: comment #1 revised