An example is the Assimilation Policy of 1951 in Australia and in the States, the ‘Plessy v Ferguson’ law which was extremely unequal to the African Americans at the time. As the United States civil rights movement was gaining worldwide attention with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, and sit-ins by Rosa Parks, the inspiration of these figures and what they stood for came to Australia and kick-started the Australian civil rights campaign. With this awareness, and the campaign in Australia starting, the Assimilation Policy of 1951 was terminated in 1962, stopping the removal of aboriginal children from their families. This proved the assimilation theory to be unsuccessful but deeming the civil rights movement
This change of knowledge changes how I view our Australian Government who are constantly discriminating those who are of different cultural backgrounds throughout the White Australian Policy despite the fact how the British invaded Indigenous land shows the irony of the
Many like the late diplomat George Kennan, claim that America can only support so many people and taking in increasing amounts of immigrants will only harm people who are already here. Kennan claims that like how water seeks its own level, so prosperity absorbs poverty and then gradually becomes more and more impoverished. While Kennan and other closed border advocates are correct in some aspects, they miss one major point about the culture and history of America: America was literally founded upon immigration. The ancestors of the founding fathers emigrated from Britain to America. The 19th and 20th centuries saw the rise of New York as a "melting pot" where dozens, if not hundreds of different cultures were combined into one.
For this reason, Manifest Destiny was created to begin the american expansion. Native Americans became the major victims of these events. Their homelands were taken by “a white man’s greed”. Be that as it may, the americans say they were not only helping themselves but the Natives too, of course this was only for show. Years later, the Indian Removal Act of 1830 came along to only move them again.
As empires expand, they colonize other "less superior" countries, nations or cultures in efforts to add to their territory. When this expansion occurs and colonization of the population inhabiting the area begins, the colonizers forget that the population of the area are indeed human. Colonizers neglect the ideals, morals and culture of native people and force the empire's ideals, morals and culture upon them. The colonized feels helpless as they are stripped of everything their culture, and forced to worship new ideals as their own. Bonnycastle states that, "The aim of the colonizers was not only to dominate, but to eliminate everything in the lives of the natives that might have given them a sense of identity or dignity" (229).
Southern opposition soon surfaced claiming that all Americans had equal rights in new lands. They argued slaves were their property and they had to right to do with their property as they see fit. A possible solution was offered by extended the Missouri Compromise line but the debate waged on. (American History, p359)
Essentially, it is important to note that all white “civilized” people were immigrants into America, and the people who were truly here first were the American Indians. Considering this, one must believe that they should have rights to the land over the American States’ rule. Jackson states that, “And is it supposed that the wandering savage has a stronger attachment to his home than the settled, civilized Christian?” This is unfair because the Natives are people too, and Jackson
Yet, as Gloria Anzaldúa describes in “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” “ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity” (81). The “linguistic terrorism” (80) she experiences when institutions attempt to remove her Spanish dialects decreases her feelings of cultural and individual “legitimacy” (81). In many cases, this also leads to diminishing connections with culture. Some, like Anzaldúa, view this effect as forceful and a form of cultural terrorism.
However, the law expired in September 2004 and has not been renewed since then. Thus, high capacity magazine legal both at states and federal levels. In short, illegality of automatic and semiautomatic weapons in Australia reveals that Australian gun law is stiffer than the US. Remarkably, Australian gun control law is stiffer than the US.
“Between 1919 and 1933, roughly 430,000 Germans immigrated to the United States” (German Immigration). As a result of the anti-German prejudice now extremely prevalent in the U.S., German immigrants began trying to hide their ethnicity. Many even chose to Americanize their names. At this time of conflict, new immigrants joined in this hopeful attempt to be assimilated, and in doing so, lost some of their German characteristics and traditions (Waves of German Immigrants). As a result, the new generations of German Americans born in the United States easily adapted to and accepted American culture and traditions, being that they were raised as Americans.
Although most post Second World War alliances with the United states (ANZUS and SEATO defence treaties) played a significant role in Australia going to war, it is only half of the story to just write off the decision as the Australian government blindly following American policy. It is paramount to understand that for latter half of the period preceding full-scale conflict in Vietnam, it was actually Australia who pushed American into further intervention in the region. Reasons as to why Australia would do such a thing are various in nature with the main contributing doctrines regarding communism primarily leading the hearts and minds of the general Australia population. Many Australians had a genuine fear of communism and its ability to, if allowed to, spread incessantly through the Asia-Pacific region and eventually destroy the ‘Australian way of life’. This fear of the ‘red menace’ would eventually culminate into two
When Britain and American families or separated wives came to Australia and were allowed to stay in Australia and within the policy that Curtin set. The American were scared of one thing which was not to make a American separated wives in a relationship with a Australian solider. When Australia realised it is to late for ask Britain for more troops for the Japan attack, they went by them selfs to attack with Japan. American brought a change in aspects of Australian society by bringing music, food and language. Immigration laws loosened to allow for marriages into different
Migration has been an important influence on Australian society and the economy. Between 1947 and 1982, over a million Britons immigrated to Australia, the majority of whom travelled under the ten pound assisted passage scheme funded by the British and Australian governments. This large intake of British migrants was encouraged as part of Australia's 'populate or perish' nation-building initiative, which emerged in the aftermath of World War II. The Ten Pound Poms, as they became known 82% were English were mostly from an urban background.
White Australian Policy The white Australian policy spanned from 1901 to 1973. The White Australian Policy was created to leave out/keep out non-white workers, and moreover, those who were not from a European background. The laws also restricted the lives of non-white Australians in the country. More and more Australians argued against this policy after World War Two.