, I find it strange ( and a bit insulting ) that ancient decisions and beliefs of Governments' of the "new world" are continually brought to the fore as if we can change it.
Or that by living our lives as we do that we condone them.
We do acknowledge the sins of the past no matter if they were intentional or misguided and we've learnt from them but as an over 50 male I'm dismayed as to the dismantling of Australia Day.
How can pubs and businesses be so scared of the day as to now sit on the fence for fear of recriminations.
It's ironic that we raise our kids to stand up for what you believe in, be proud of who you are, don't be bullied yet now it seems as nation we are bowing down to an agitated minority whom I'm willing to bet don't really care about the core issue but want to join in because they can somewhat anonymously.
As @Mark from Brisbane
and others have stated, will changing the date make much difference?
Really, does changing the date wipe away the wrongs of the past?
In my opinion it's going to be years before anyone - black, white, yellow or pink - will agree on a new date and by then it just may be too late.
How will we agree on a new date, by referendum?
The minority that don't vote will still agitate won't they?
There appears to be no statute of limitations on current popular grievances. Yes, I understand that some will say that current suffering is the result of past actions - even actions 200+ years ago.
I am concerned that if you hitch your wagon to that particular star, you may feel that it gives you the right to all sorts of current day ratbaggery with no self-responsibility or self-control. 'My socialization (forced on me by YOUR ancestors) has made me the way that I am - nothing I do is really my fault. It's the fault of .............'
I'm hopeful that modern day Australia is a place where the old feuds have died; no more Serbs vs Croats, Greeks vs Turks, Palestinians vs Jews, etc. I thought that was going well here - for the most part.
I'm motivated to action. So I'm happy to say sorry.
On behalf of me - I'm sorry if my dirt poor Scottish / Irish immigrant ancestors in Australia mistreated any Indigenous person at all, at any time. Not acceptable then, not acceptable now. My Indigenous sister-in-law has forgiven me though - she says, 'you had nothing to do with it - don't be silly'. Phew.
On behalf of my English ancestors - I'm sorry if they seriously mistreated my Scottish / Irish ancestors; with particular thoughts towards Cromwell's massacres in Ireland and the massacres after the battle of Culloden and the subsequent Highland clearances.
On behalf of my Norman French ancestors - I'm sorry for the barbarity towards my Anglo-Saxon ancestors and the invasion in 1066, and the subjugation of an entire country.
On behalf of my Anglo-Saxon ancestors - I'm sorry to my ancestors the Britons who lived in the land, and were almost completely wiped out by our invasion.
On behalf of my German ancestors, I'm sorry for just about everything.........
On behalf of my French ancestors, I'm sorry for Napoleon subsequently invading most of Europe (including many of my other ancestors), for Devil's Island, and for the barbarity in Haiti.
On behalf of my Spanish ancestors, I'm sorry for plundering most of the Americas, and enslaving almost everyone there.
On behalf of my Portuguese ancestors, I'm sorry for the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the enslavement of native peoples in the Amazon.
On behalf of my Swedish ancestors, I'm sorry for our part in the Treaty of Westphalia, and for inflicting canned rotten fish on the world. And, as Vikings - sorry to the Anglo Saxon ancestors.
On behalf of my Ukrainian ancestors, I'm sorry that we didn't choose our 'friends' more carefully in the past. Can I make it up to you with a good Chicken Kiev?