A history of violence

Caption: Like her mother Bess, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is bravely fighting to free Aboriginal women and children from the brutal shackles of violent “traditional culture”.

Virtually no public event in Australia these days can take place without some form of tokenistic ?Welcome to Country? ceremony, or ?Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners?. This virtue-signalling rot infests everything from the AFL Grand Final to local government meetings. I once attended the wedding reception of a thoroughly white couple which kicked off with a solemn ?Welcome to Country?. Almost always, these ostentatious displays of modern virtue are accompanied by some simpering babble about ?the oldest living culture on earth?.

But what, exactly, is this ?traditional culture? that is fawned over by inner-city ?progressives?, and monetised by pallid, urban ?elders?? Jacinta Nampijinpa Price actually grew up under the thrall of traditional culture, and finds it less than impressive. Quote:

Like most traditional cultures around the world, Warlpiri culture is deeply patriarchal; men are ?superior to women and more privileged, and the collective quashes the rights of the individual. These principles, thousands of years old, come together to oppress women now. End of quote.

Patriarchy is the essential sin of Western culture, according to feminists and leftists. Fashionable new atheists sneer at the ?superstition? of religion. Daub a bit of ochre on a culture of patriarchal superstition, though, and wave a branch of smoking gum leaves about, and ?progressives? will solemnly fall at its feet.

When I was a teenager, I went on a school trip to the Northern Territory. At one stop, an old camel driver scoffed at our naive fascination with Aboriginal culture. He told us how, under traditional culture, young girls were forced to have sex with old men. Our teachers were horrified and told us to ignore his racist rant.

Quite possibly that old bushie was racist but he was also right. Quote:

Girls are trained to be submissive from birth and their fear is laughed at?In customary law, a man is entitled to have sex with his promised wife without her consent. This has been used in court to defend men who had violently and sexually assaulted their teenaged promised wives. In 2002 a 50-year-old Aboriginal man faced court over the abduction and rape of his 15-year-old promised wife. He had already killed one wife. Despite this, his new wife?s family had promised her to him. She was held against her will at his outstation and repeatedly raped?He ?received 24 hours? imprisonment for unlawful intercourse with a minor and 14 days? imprisonment for the firearm offences. End of quote.

Such appalling facts of domestic violence and child abuse in Aboriginal families are hand-waved away with the magic invocations, ?low socio-economic status?, and ?privilege?. Never mind that violence and abuse grossly disproportionately affects Aboriginal Australians at all income levels.

?Colonialism? is another fashionable excuse that withers away in the face of facts.

Archaeological evidence (at least, that which has survived the fashionable mania for returning and ?reburying? Aboriginal remains) shows that women in ancient Australia suffered horrific rates of traumatic head injury. Historical accounts record exactly the same pattern of violence against women. The earliest European arrivals in Australia were shocked at the brutal misogyny they witnessed.

Aboriginal women ?are in all respects treated with?blows, kicks and every other mark of brutality,? wrote Tench. Bougainville recorded how, ?young girls are brutally kidnapped from their families, violently dragged to isolated spots and are ravished after being subjected to a good deal of cruelty.?

Caption: The late Bill Leak was savagely excoriating of violence hiding behind the excuse of “traditional culture”.

That culture of violent misogyny is still crippling Aboriginal Australia. Quote:

I know of many other cases like that: stories of rape, domestic violence and murder; stories belonging to women in my family and many other Aboriginal families?There is not a woman in my family who has not experienced some kind of physical or sexual abuse at some time in her life. And none of the perpetrators were white?

In traditional communities in the Northern Territory, the patriarchal and kin-based society is so deeply embedded it?s common for female relatives of even violent offenders to support them against the victim. The obligation to male kin is so strong it can be crippling. End of quote.

The ?compassionate? left babble about ?closing the gap? between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia, at the same time as they witter about ?traditional culture?. But brave Aboriginal women like Jacinta Price are trying to change their peoples? culture for the better. Quote:

Many of those most horrified by the idea of Aboriginal people questioning the old ways or adapting to the new are people who fully embrace modernity themselves?To me, it?s never clear what it is they?re so keen for us to hold on to. Or why we should?

The West has progressed so far because constructive criticism is embraced. Progress cannot be made if long-held beliefs cannot be challenged or if we cannot be honest?just as our language has adapted to a new world, I have faith our culture can be adapted and improved. And it will still be our culture. End of quote.