They reckon that what we know today as racism begins in the 1400s when European sentiments of anti-blackness first start to develop and colonisation gets a papal sanction.
So, by the time Australia is invaded in the late 1700s, racism has had some 300+ years of developing and refining all the necessary moral, legal and religious methods and justifications for dispossession, mass murder, control and regulation, assimilation, segregation etc
By the time federation is ready to kick off in 1901 we’re at peak scientific racism fuelled, eugenics ridden, racial purity blood quotient obsessed, institutionalised racism across the ‘western’ world. This is the European status quo in which so-called Australia is founded.
Australia’s origin story isn’t one of convicts and battlers, it’s a story of colonisation that should be looked at alongside other racist colonial practices of that era - Jim Crow laws, broken treaties, residential schools, Apartheid, the Holocaust, and other comparable histories
This is important so ppl can see that’s not a history of ‘oh, but they didn’t know better back then’, it’s a history of ‘they knew exactly what they were doing and very brutally and systematically set about doing it’.
What’s all this bullshit about ‘they didn’t know any better back then’ anyways? What a ludicrous argument.
The same ppl also say we should be thankful to those same ppl came because of they brought Western civilisation with them - a civilisation which apparently didn’t learn murder and country stealing and slavery were bad until the early 1970s... hardly sounds like a ‘superior race’.
But that again is that bedrock of white supremacy - thinking that giving ppl the absolute worst that western civilisation has to offer, taking life, land, liberty, language and self-determination as the price, is still better than what ppl had going on before white ppl showed up.

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