Writer shows he's out of touch
What a sad misstep Brendan Lee's piece was ("Don't blame the living for the sins of the dead", The Border Mail, June 10), and another example of his anti-protesting stance of the youth.
Brendan seems to ignore not the idea that we are not to blame for past atrocities against the Aborigines, but that we have summarily swept it aside and that even now we glorify those perpetrators - Macquarie, Cook, Barton, Deakin et al.
We don't need to ignore this. We simply need to put these monuments where they belong: in a museum.
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As far as Brendan's validation of having two brothers on the police force, so did I. I do not blame all police for the acts of a few, but the issues still persist.
To tacitly support Trump, and to denounce the youth the same way he did when the school strike for climate action took place shows a complete disconnect with the social justice Brendan should actually be espousing.
We need to remember the youth are connected, they are keen to interact and influence the world around them and they can clearly see the many injustices my generation have helped given agency to.
To pass off the recent protests as nothing more than misplaced blame or the whim of youth is simply refusing that there are a great many social and ethical issues we could be addressing.
Neither our government nor the US's Trump administration are capable or willing to address.
Simon Goss, Albury
I am not a racist
Father Brendan Lee's recent musings were thoughtful, respectful and factual, (The Border Mail, June 10) in contrast to those of Geoffrey Galbraith, who preferred to follow the apologist's path of emotional rhetoric in trying to rewrite history, damning the white settlement of Australia and Aboriginal dispossession. (The Border Mail, June 12).
History is history and should not be re-imagined by present-day wokeness.
I am a proud white woman of British heritage and I have not received "stolen goods" from anyone.
Nor do I have "indigenous brothers and sisters", as my DNA does not contain Aboriginality.
Every continent on this earth, except Antarctica, has elements of colonisation and imperialism.
It was the norm of past centuries. It is called history for a logical reason and cannot, and should not, be changed to suit modern perspectives.
If the answer to the question of Australia's ownership (implied by the writer's use of the word "probably"), really is to "just give it back" I invite him to be the first to leave.
Seriously, this demonisation of white people, especially by other virtue-signalling whites, should stop.
I hope thoughtful readers realise that the Australian government's "Closing the Gap" program provides more than $30 billion annually to assist Aboriginal advancement in this country.
Surely this fact alone contradicts the increasingly popular narrative depicting white Australians as deep-seated racists.
Lorna Read, Lavington
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