I went to the UK for a six month holiday waaayy back in 1980, but didn’t make it back to Oz for another twenty three years.
And changes happened.
When I got back I started to see the weirdest thing at talks and presentations. Someone would stand up and in the most solemn tones address an all European audience with the following:
Our meeting/conference/workshop is being held on the traditional lands [or country] of the [Traditional Owner group’s name] people and I wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.
I would also like to pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today.
Seriously. And this in areas where there have been no ‘traditional owners’ for a hundred and fifty years.
There are even standard protocols defined for where, when and how it is said.
Of course, these things are treated with great reverence and solemnity by progressives, and are either ignored by the sane or treated as an opportunity to take the piss by the truly honest.
A leading Sydney barrister and senior counsel at the trouble-plagued St John’s College has sparked outrage after mocking the Aboriginal community at an official dinner at the University of Sydney.
Jeffrey Phillips, SC, stood in the college’s 150-year-old Great Hall and, in front of more than 250 staff, students and guests, paid tribute to the ”traditional custodians of this place” whom he identified as being the ”Benedictines who came from the great English nation”.
The comment was made in the presence of several indigenous students, one of whom has lodged a formal complaint and, according to senior staff, remains ”deeply traumatised”.
Mark Spinks, a respected member of Sydney’s Aboriginal community and chairman of the Aboriginal men’s group Babana, said: ”How disgusting, how disgraceful, how disrespectful are those comments. I am outraged and I am disturbed. For that to have been said at the university, in a room full of students, I am almost speechless.”
Almost, but not completely, more’s the pity.
Look, if people want to have these ceremonies, then great, fine by me. But for God’s sake lighten up people.
More po faced outrage here. If these self righteous loons didn’t take themselves so seriously I might be inclined to offer a little more respect…..