Warwick “Chook” David belonged to the Thangedl tribe in Cape York, far north Queensland, his tribe being one of the last – in the 1970s – to entirely come out of the wilds and live a more domesticated life, at a former Anglican mission. Government policy towards such tribes, going back to the 19th century, was to largely leave them be, and the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 and the Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act 1939, in Queensland, were attempts to legally enforce this.
Warwick was the last speaker of his tribe’s language, but the words he spoke here may as well have been in that dead language, and are not the kind that many Australians of influence want to hear, as he had no time for the obsession with racism, and paraphrases outdated ideas from Martin Luther King Jr’s speechwriter:
I judge a man or woman by the content of their character. Not by the colour of their skin.
Many Aboriginal communities today are severely dysfunctional and plagued by violence, much of it of a domestic and sexual nature, but he says it wasn’t always like this:
If you stole, raped or murdered, you would be flogged to an inch of your life and banished into the outlands. It stopped people playing up. Not like today.
Instead of listening to a common man’s common sense, who happens to be an Aborigine:
I may be a living relic. But Aboriginal people need to learn to speak for themselves and be accountable for their own actions. We all have our own different customs and traditions, but we are all Australian and part of the same human race.
we have to listen to urbanised axe-grinding half and quarter and eighth breed harridans, like Lidia Thorpe, yacking in the national parliament about, you guessed it, racism:
There’s a toxic culture that’s been left to fester in Parliament House – a culture of racism, sexism and misogyny.
It’s systemic. It’s toxic. It’s where violence starts.
This place should be setting the standard. pic.twitter.com/V6bCFguBRw
— Lidia Thorpe (@lidia__thorpe) February 16, 2021
We need to go back to the old but new and improved Protectorate system for Aborigines; left to themselves, or led by these toxic half and quarter breeds, their future will remain grim.