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Old 28th May 2017, 05:48 PM
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Default Australian Indigenous People: Not Stolen - The Hidden

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I am one of the lost. We weren't stolen. We hid.

You can't blame anyone. It was a survival impulse. I am surrounded by families who did the same.

Every town I go to has shadows. I know the names of our people and their histories and everywhere I go I find people in hiding from their ancestors.

It fills me with sadness that they choose to ignore the heroes in their families.

They are not cowards, not malicious, someone in the past decided they were white enough to get away with it, so they hid.

Today things are different not a lot different, but today you can survive in Australia with a black past.

Everywhere you look in our family there is the black trace. In every family branch there is the contact, and yet the reflex for most is to remain in hiding.

I think it is sad not to know the full richness of the family story. It's a messy, troubled story, but it's ours, and the only one we have.

You cannot blame anyone, think less of them it's just how Australia has confected its history.

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