From the Associated Press
Australia has had a decade-long debate about how best to acknowledge
Aborigines who were affected by a string of 20th century policies that
separated mixed-blood Aboriginal children from their families — the
cohort frequently referred to as Australia’s stolen generation.
From 1910 until the 1970s, around 100,000 mostly mixed-blood
Aboriginal children were taken from their parents under state and
federal laws based on a premise that Aborigines were a doomed race and
saving the children was a humane alternative.
A national inquiry in 1997 found that many children taken from their
families suffered long-term psychological effects stemming from the
loss of family and culture.
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“A national inquiry in 1997 found that many children taken from their families suffered long-term psychological effects stemming from the loss of family and culture.”
Ya think? On one hand I like the idea of research providing evidence of what many people have known (either as part of their lived experience or through what they have observed in their families). On the other, in this instance, the truth seems self evident to me.