National Sorry Day

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Today(February 13th) is the day Australia says sorry to the aborigines we have treated so poorly for the first time. Kevin Rudd(our new Prime Minister)has publicly said sorry on behalf of Australia and its past.
In the past, we as Australians, treated the aborigines horribly. We even tried to breed the blackness out of them. This is known as the stolen generation. When we saw a lighter skinned aborigine, we put them in a white family and made them live the white life. The aborigine (that probably didn't know he/she was one) would marry a white and the child would be even lighter coloured. This process continued until we finally stopped. This poem is my way of saying sorry.

Submitted: February 13, 2008

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Submitted: February 13, 2008

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NATIONAL SORRY DAY

Us aborigines

Need a sorry from you.
Because you have treated
And described us as poo.
 
Us aborigines
Were always getting hurt.
Punched up by you whites,
Who treated us like dirt.
 
Us aborigines
Were sent to jail very often.
But we didn’t come.
Unless we were in a coffin.
 
Us aborigines
Also have a heart.
It’s only our skin colour
That sets us all apart.
 
Us aborigines
Had our hearts broken
When our kids had gone
Before we’d even woken.
 
Us aborigines
Are able to forgive you.
Just say that you are sorry.
That’s all you have to do.
 
 
Sorry aborigines
But you looked so weird.
With your different coloured skin
As dark as your own beard.
 
Sorry aborigines
For putting you through pain.
We realised oh too late
There was nothing we could gain.
 
Sorry aborigines
For leaving you in jail.
Even though the only crime
Was from us. With skin not dark, but pale.
 
Sorry aborigines
For breaking your tender heart.
For taking away your children.
Tearing families apart.
 
Sorry aborigines
That’s all we have to say.
We hope you can forgive us
On National Sorry Day
 
 


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