What do you mean ‘we’, Kemosabe?

Caption: Now look what we made them do: Aboriginal kids are catching STDs, and it’s all “our” fault.

Aboriginal Australian communities are rife with STDs, alarmingly, even among children. So who does the media blame? All of ‘us’, of course.

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How did we let this happen?

In a first-world country like Australia, wholly preventable sexually transmitted diseases are rampant in indigenous communities.

There is no reason it should have happened, especially not in a first-world country like Australia, but it has: indigenous communities in the country’s north are in the grip of wholly treatable sexually transmitted diseases.

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And this is whose fault, exactly?

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What’s worse, it could have been stopped … But governments were slow to react

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Ah, of course: the gummint shoulda done sumpin’

Yet again, we see the ‘progressive’ racism of low expectations in action: Aboriginal Australians are patronisingly treated as if they are unable to assume individual responsibility. Because, here’s the thing: if people are contracting sexually transmitted diseases, it’s because of things they choose to do, and things they choose not to do.

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A spate of alleged sexual assaults on Aboriginal children, beginning with a two-year-old in Tennant Creek last month and followed by three more alleged ­attacks, has raised speculation of a link between high STI rates and evidence of child sexual assault.

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What’s to ‘speculate’? If children are contracting STDs, they’re not catching them off toilet seats.

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former NT children’s commissioner Howard Bath told this newspaper that STI rates were “a better indicator of background levels of abuse than reporting because so many of those cases don’t get reported to anyone, whereas kids with serious infections do tend to go to a ­doctor”.

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People can lie about child abuse, but it’s a lot harder to come up with an excuse for a 10-year-old with syphilis.

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Others, including Alice Springs town councillor Jacinta Price and Aboriginal businessman Warren Mundine, raised the ­spectre of the need for removing more at-risk indigenous children from dangerous environments“

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‘Spectre’? If children are being raped, then removing them from the environment where that’s allowed to happen shouldn’t be a ‘spectre’, it should be common sense.

Maybe, at a stretch, that could be used to justify the claim that ‘we let this happen’: because the government rarely removes Aboriginal children from abusive environments: because it’s a ‘spectre’, and ‘culturally inappropriate’, then Aboriginal children go on being abused.

But ‘we’ aren’t the ones abusing the children. Abuse of Aboriginal children is occurring at shocking rates: a ‘tsunami’ as one recent report put it: in Aboriginal communities. How about, for once, Aboriginal Australians are treated like everyone else: wholly responsible for their own actions, good and bad.

‘We’ aren’t ‘letting’ that happen. The abusers are making it happen.

 


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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

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