Arrival : Sloppy writing with the Kangaroo line

Sloppy writing with the Kangaroo line

There was a line in the recent movie where Colonal Weber is confused why Louise needs to teach the aliens basic words first rather than ask the big question. To help the general understand the concept Louise recounts a tale about the origins of the word kangaroo and how the Aboriginals of Australia actually meant to say "I don't understand". This is all well and good until the generals reply... "Remember what happened to the Aboriginals, they were nearly wiped out by a far superior race"
As an Australian it was quite absurd to hear this coming from the screen. Aboriginals were not "nearly wiped out" and are still relevant to Australian culture and society today.
Poor form Hollywood.

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From what I hear they're about as "relevant" as native Americans. Marginalised in their own home by a "superior race" and then ostracised for turning to coping mechanisms like alcohol.

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The native Tasmanians WERE wiped out. It was a near thing for the rest of the Aborigines

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For someone who lives in Australia you should know a bit more about your own history. It's actually not that long ago that there was a government program to "breed the black out of them". That's why Australians are so uptight about it now, because everyone knows they did a horrible thing.

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"Experts estimate the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders at more than 770,000 at the time of the invasion in 1788 [3]. It fell to its low of around 117,000 people in 1900, a decrease by 84%."

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As an Australian it was quite absurd to hear this coming from the screen. Aboriginals were not "nearly wiped out" and are still relevant to Australian culture and society today.
Poor form Hollywood.

The indigenous people of Australia had been living on the continent for more than 65,000 years before English colonial settlers arrived in 1788. According to N. G. Bultin's (1993) estimation, there were between 1 and 1.5 million aboriginals in 1788, which is the year Britain began to colonize the continent. By 1901, however, less than 100,000 aboriginal people remained. This large reduction in Australia’s aboriginal population was carried out through official genocidal policies that covered disease episodes, the withdrawal of resources, and killing. The English settlers and their descendants expropriated native land and removed the indigenous people by cutting them off from their food resources, and engaged in genocidal massacres.

According to Article II (a) to (e) of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948, to which Australia is one of the signatories, genocide is defined in following lines:

“(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly removing children of the group to another group.” [3]

A close look at the situation, whether historical or at the present time, reveals that the Australian government, both before or after its independence, has fulfilled all the above factors in treatment of its minorities. British invaders actually attacked 85 countries on the Australian continent; in 30 of these cases the violations constitute a genocide against Australia’s native people.

In line with the assimilation policies was the policy to take native Australian children from their parents to raise them in white foster homes away from their roots and cultures. So from an early age, children would grow up with an English life style. This dark period in human history--happening between 1910 and 1970-- is called the “stolen generations” period. During this period, up to 100,000 Aboriginal children were abducted from their families, and were forced to live in dismal conditions, in "homes" that were not homes. While forced removal of children was the cornerstone to destroy the rest of the surviving Aboriginal languages and dialects, children were also encouraged to abandon and deny their Aboriginal heritage and language, and adopt western standards. In addition to isolation from their families, these children also faced sexual abuse. The policies carried out were grounded in white superiority theory and that the native people would eventually die out.

Forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families was still taking place while this article was being written. John Pilger, an Australian-born filmmaker and author for, maintains that nearly 14,000 Aboriginal children had been “removed” from their family environment in June 2013, in continuation of a century-old colonial policy. If the forced removal in Australia remains at the current rate, “this mass removal of Aboriginal children will result in a stolen generation of more than 3,300 children in the Northern Territory alone,” Pilger writes.

Involuntary sterilization of Aboriginal women and children was and is widespread in Australia. Aboriginal women were labeled by the British occupiers as impure. This theory justified the sterilization of Aboriginal women in Australia. Even today, sterilizing women in Australia is a major concern for international organizations, such as the United Nations, whom announced in November 2015 that this practice, in Australia, is a complete breach of Human Rights.

Despite all the glaring evidence that point to an ongoing genocide against Australia’s Aborigines, former Australian PM John Howard still believes that there has been no genocide against Aborigines. This statement reveals a historical cover-up has long been in place, regarding the continuation of horrible crimes committed against minorities, in Australia. Howard’s denial also reveals how the Australian government is still refusing to recognize the minorities’ rights on its territory.

I'm sure the Aborigines will be thrilled to hear that none of this actually happened (and continues to happen), and that YOU consider them "relevant"...

Absurd??? Well, something here is absurd alright, but it sure isn't the quote from the movie.

Poor form, indeed.

If I'm (no longer) responding, it means you're on /ignore. I'm sure this is no surprise :)

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As an Australian, that line was completely justified. You insult aboriginals by downplaying the seriousness of their struggle.

If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention.

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It sounds like you're more concerned with letting everyone know that you're upset rather than making a valid point...

"Poor form Hollywood"? more like "Poor form angry IMDB patron"

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OMFG retard.

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you the retard, he's just outofmana.

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