The Identity Of The Stolen Generation: Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence By Doris Pilkington

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The Identity of The Stolen Generation

Humans naturally seek a sense of belongingness and community. Along with this sense of community, self-identity begins to be influenced. Community is often found in within a country where people share common hopes and dreams while others lie on the outside and are considered different. This "difference" can both make the community stronger as well as put it at great risk, and can quite likely end with negative consequences. Colonialism was vindicated by its superiority as well as the colonists who set out to turn societies that were considered primitive, into what they believed was a more modern society. Destroying ones identity is the main component ...view middle of the document...

Whether they are apart of the white population, as Moore River treats them, or aborigines. From an outsiders viewpoint, the Aborigines Act may seem simply as way to help these girls, however it is so much more than that. The real purpose to, little by little, get rid of aborigines culture by focusing on the younger generations and molding the girls into the white, Christian valued, identities that they see fits best. The reasoning behind this is that at the time, their was reason to believe that one all out superior culture creates a better sense of equality as well as a stronger community. The children are used as a form of exploitation that is supposedly for the betterment of the nation. They are looked at as objects that need to be transformed, bred out, and protected which is what Mr. Neville’s job was. How were the colonists able to do such a thing? Fear. Fear of what is different and the fear or moral troubles. This fear gave them enough of a justified reason to assume control and do what they see fit to protect the superior identity, by erasing the less superior one.
Mr. Neville, the protector of aborigines children in camps, embodies the opposing side of the government; his character is described as a cold-hearted man but a rational one at that who stands firmly behind his cause. Neville is head of the governments “assimilation” program. The programs goal is to separate the half-cast children from their birth families, cultivate, as well as convert these children into Christianity. The thought of the whites, at the time, was that if they assimilated the half-cast children into society, they would be able to breed them out and would ultimately save them from the savageness they feared from the aborigines. Molly is the fighter of the three and is the one who initiates the escape from the...

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