When good intentions go bad

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  1. Grant B

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    I was reading an article on the movie rabbit-proof fence and was stuck by a comment by the reviewer.
    (BTW I did not put this in the movie section since it is more about the review than the movie that inspired this thread)

    The film focuses on Australia's "stolen generations." Beginning in the late 1800s, it was decreed that "half-caste" aboriginal children should be taken from their families and raised as white. After two or three generations, the do-gooders believed, the aboriginal heritage would be bred out and the offspring would be "white." Children were matter-of-factly taken away, never to see their parents again. Government officials, like the one played by Kenneth Branagh here, couldn't understand why the Aborigines didn't see that this was being done for their own good.

    What got me was the Sub-headline to the story
     
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    But by that definition an extermination of people (Genocide) might be considered non-racist... if the people committing the act truely believed they were doing a good thing by ending that race, and doing them a favor? The overseers in Rabbit Proof Fence felt the native population to be "lower" in level than the whites, and sought to "save" those who's white blood had been somehow infected with native blood by stealing them from their families and mating them with "pure" individuals in hopes of purifying their offspring.

    If that's not racist, I don't know what is.
     
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    Well you have a little more knowledge into the movie than what I read and I dont disagree in what you are saying. But, hindsight is easy and so I try to put things into the context of the times. During that period of time there was the idea of progress. Many felt, and rightly so, that humanity had progressed great in most areas. There was more food, better medicene etc etc. and humanity would progress towards a sort of perfection. They saw themselves as farther along on that line and they were doing them a favor.I am not saying it was correct or anything good about the practice. I am just trying to put that strange practice into the context of history.
     
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    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    The relatively massive homelessness in North America in recent decades stems in part from liberating mental patients from institutional repression, and raising building standards so high that the stock of low cost housing (and low quality) housing has declined or can't be afforded by the people who sleep in the subways.

    Judging the past by present standards is an elementary error in justice. When present standards are corrupt, or hypocritical, we compound the injustice.

    Grant, I think your point is well taken. Progress is a dubious concept, when it comes to human nature.

    Perhaps the bigger concern is that we (I mean our successors) won't be around in a 100 years to have an awareness of the dangers of our present madness.
     
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    Any lengthy response to this would quickly devolve into a discussion on the political landscape of North America, which has led to the present problem of dislocation and suffering; however, such discussion is not allowed here. Suffice it to say I, personally, think the above quote is, for the most part, a load of tripe. Sorry.
     
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    Yes, if it was for that reason but I was unclear what was meant by , " raised as white".
    The other thing it could mean was giving the children the 'better' life, at least as they saw it.
    I was hoping someone familiar with the story could fill in the blank. Also many movies are not exactly historically accurate and the belief of the director can change an event drastically; JFK being a good example.
     
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    nevermind, will repost later
     
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