Wednesday, June 24, 2009

isms

(catalpa blossoms on the deck in the rain)

Never stop making the connections between sexism, racism, militarism, nationalism and all forms of violence.

~ Marge Tuite ~
Dominican Sister

We watched Australia tonight. Set during WWII, the story was about the "lost generations"--the half aboriginal, half white children who didn't fit in either world. The wisdom of the day required that these children be taken from their mothers (the mother was always the aboriginal) and placed in a missionary school where they could be trained to become servants in white households.

We wouldn't think of doing such a thing today, but this program didn't end until 1973. Heck...I was barely out of high school then. It's not so long ago when you are talking about human rights.

How many isms aren't listed above? How many are we not even yet aware of? How many of them am I--I who am subjected to the downwind end of several of these--not aware of? I wonder...will we learn?

6 comments:

graceonline said...

This post reminds me of the Emma Lazarus quote: "Until we are all free, we are none of us free."

Our own American government isolated Native American children from their families in a similar fashion well into the 1950's, and perhaps the 1960s. Many tribal elders today, if they are willing to speak of them, tell horror stories of the atrocities they experienced in Indian schools.

Joan said...

Beautiful photo, Wanda.

Many of us are accepting of the differences in people and know that we can all live together and enjoy those differences. Some might see the light one day and realize that this is true. Some never will. We must endeavor to pass this acceptance to our children and they to theirs. I believe it will take a few generations to change things.

Christina said...

This brings tears to my eyes. And I love it! My dear friend, Raymond, is from australia and we were just speaking of his aboriginal heritage. How it was racially for his grandparents.

Thank you for this.

PS: I adore this photo. Just, adore it.
xo

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Of course there's intellectual-ism, which I fear will be the last to go.

SE'LAH... said...

That photo is perfect!

And the isms are still we us, the world, unfortunately. Each individual can just do their best to better themselves and others.

we are the world.

contemporary themes said...

ageism, weightism