Almost every society has its ‘underclass’. Today most of these are either vilified or eulogised as victims. Sometimes both depending on gender. Vast amounts of taxpayers’ money is poured into the gaping jaws of their respective (but reprehensible) ‘Industries’.
Australian Aboriginals are our home-grown underclass folk. For the moment I will omit any discussion of the Lebanese mafia who control the gun-crime business, the Greeks and Italians who dominate the illegal drug business, the Vietnamese who run most of the general thuggery in most major ‘problem’ suburbs, and the Russian/Romanian mobs who dominate the high-end prostitution business in Oz.
Or the Scots who control the Unions. These (apart from the Scots) rarely get government funding or University courses.
But Aboriginals do.
Monash Uni in Melbourne has taken the ‘victim’ bizzo to new heights with their medical programs. Female Aboriginals, that is. The male ones are happily and officially vilified. Stereotyping should have its own coursework and examples, which can all be found in the practice of the Uni’s medical faculty.
Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Nola. Nola is not real, but rather a fictional character created for medical students to use in role-playing by the magical minds in charge of cultural awareness at Monash University. Nola even has a back story full of every stereotype of Aboriginal disadvantage you can imagine, in fact, it seems the only tragedy that didn’t befall poor Nola was an addiction to sniffing petrol.
Nola has a hard life. Her partner is of course a violent drunk who beats on her (twice in the short story no less!) and steals her money. Initially, she is living in a home with 10 people, in an extended family situation, however she recently escaped the domestic violence with her three children. The four of them are currently living in a two bedroom house, in fact, sharing it with two other people (more overcrowding, just in case you didn’t pick up on it the first time).
Nola also unfortunately has Diabetes (type 2), but is eating a very poor diet and taking no medication. She is unable to eat much fruit (attributed to the high cost and difficulty with transport) and instead her diet consists of bread, jam, tea and fast food. Of course, adding to her health and domestic abuse woes, her fifteen year old daughter is also quite a handful. To again pay homage to a myth, she has stopped going to school and is also smoking cigarettes. Not to be outdone, the youngest daughter suffers from a chronic ear infection as well.
What you might be surprised to learn about Nola…..
Read on about Nola at: http://theblacksteamtrain.
The blogger is an Aboriginal chap, by the way.
Clearly, in the view of Monash University, Aboriginal women need to be adorned with much needed raggedy clothing and starved for a lot longer than actually happens, just to meet expectations. How else is the gravy train to be fuelled?