Aboriginal Civil Rights Movement Essay
The aboriginal civil rights movement is a triumph of the human spirit, though it has its shortcomings. The aboriginal civil rights movement achieved many things politically and socially with the help of significant people and there are some things we are yet to achieve.
Firstly, the aboriginal civil rights movement 's political achievements meaning achievements that directly relate to law and legislation, are extremely influential if you recognize where we have come from. In 1901 the white Australia policy excluded indigenous Australians from the vote and pensions. The roots of this policy can be seen all the way back in 1850 with the white miner 's hatred to the Chinese …show more content…
Albert Namatjira was a famous Arrente artist who was seen as an aboriginal who succeeded in white society. Albert Namatjira lived in the Northern Territory in which nearly all full-blood aboriginals were wards of the state which are a clear example of the racist Parentalism of white Australia. Albert became a citizen a process many aboriginals would not do as it is embarrassing to become a citizen of a land that you were the original citizen of. Albert’s notable act was sharing a drink with a family member who was still a ward of the state ‘as he was aboriginal ' and wards of the state were not allowed to drink, yet another example of white Australia’s Parentalism. This was notable because you could not be aboriginal and a citizen in law at the same time bringing the issue to the Australian public that these two groups should not be mutually exclusive. Another significant person was Jack Patten who was born on the 28th of march in the Cummeragunuju mission. He was a powerful advocate for indigenous rights and strongly opposed the British nuclear testing in south Australia (Maralinga) for it would be a desecration of his homeland. Lastly Charles Perkins the figurehead for aboriginal rights, born in Alice springs who was the leader of the freedom ride in which he led aboriginal students around NSW in protest. He was awarded the Jaycees Young Man of the Year in 1966, NAIDOC Aboriginal of the Year in 1993 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1987. In conclusion, the significant people of the aboriginal civil rights movement exemplify triumph of the human