australia apologizes

Yesterday, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd officially apologized to the Aboriginal inhabitants of Australia for the state-sponsored mistreatment that they have endured over the last century. It’s an important symbolic step that was long overdue, but of course it remains to be seen what happens next. For an overview to this sad chapter of history, read the Stolen Generations article in Wikipedia. Better yet, watch the excellent and heartbreaking film Rabbit-Proof Fence and check out Midnight Oil’s 1987 song “The Dead Heart:”

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