the contemporary pacific · fall 2003 women" (xxi). As an example, Moreton-Robinson reveals how the invisibility of Indigenous peoples in Australia is a direct result of the institutionalization of whiteness, which, by naturalizing the presence of white foreigners on aboriginal lands, erases the history of European genocide committed against Aboriginal peoples. Dispossession, domination, and domestication were the three prongs of the first stage of colonization, which included, almost as a by-product, the most vicious kinds of murder, and psychopathic mutilations such as castration and the uses of men's scrotums for tobacco pouches and infants' heads for polo balls. The clearing of the continent for European settlement was the engine that fueled the Aboriginal holocaust. After murders and massacres in the early stages of settlement came "assimilation" into white society. This meant removal of Aboriginal children from their parents (the "stolen generations"), forced servitude (Indigenous people were not entitled to wages until the mid-1960s), and specific laws based on an ideology of the cultural and racial inferiority of Aboriginal peoples. With genocide as the historical background for the contemporary relationship between white women and Aboriginal women, the author reveals how white feminists "supported both the White Australia Policy and
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Aug 7, 2003
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