Published on August 26, 2014
Jack Davis: The Context Jack Davis was alive during harsh me for the aboriginal race of Australia from 1900 to 2000. Aboriginals were only star ng to be accepted in society but s ll being treated harshly. From the when Captain Cook arrived to the present, the two di erent races even today are more living di erently and side by side to each other that living as one. There are s ll di erences today like the di erence in life expectancy, educa onal and economical achievement between the two socie es which have not improved much since the early 1900’s Since Captain Cook arrived and with him the European se lements. The Europeans se lers had the legal assump on that when they arrived that Australia was terra nullius (empty of inhabitants) in 1770. It took the Europeans a bit over one hundred years to over ‐ take nearly all parts of the country. Missions were set up throughout the 1800’s and the board for the protec on of the in ‐ digenous popula on began in the 1860’s. Reasons for these were said to protect the aborigines from oppression. Unrest s ll con nues between the black and whites and protests were coming more common. The stolen genera on was a name given to a me period from the late 1800’s to the 1970’s were many aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their families. Taken by Australian federal, state and territory government agen ‐ cies and church missions. These removals were done under acts of their respec ve par ‐ liaments. The children taken were sent to ins tu ons or adopted by non ‐ aboriginal fam ‐ ilies. The stolen genera on was believed to help the aboriginals that were believed to be disadvantaged, and removing them they would receive a be er educa on and have a much civilized upbringing in an adopted non ‐ aboriginal home and family. Aboriginal who were taken were never told about their culture, or their language, their iden es were completely erased during this me. Jack Davis expressed his feelings and was a voice for the aboriginals through these harsh mes, he protested through plays and poetry and was also an indigenous rights ac vist.