So we’ve now replaced “real aboriginals” with "deserving aboriginals and “identifiably aboriginal” and “1% aboriginal blood”
Once again, you’re pretty keen to anoint yourself lord high arbiter of who is really truly properly aboriginal and who isn’t.
I’ve got a friend, blue eyes, hair blonde (most weeks), fair skin. Both grandparents on one side are aboriginal elders straight from central casting - very dark skin, broad noses, deep-set eyes, big bushy beard fading to grey for her grandfather. Her extended family still live on their ancestral country. She went to uni in Melb so obviously had to move here. but she goes back there every holiday, to keep in touch with her people and country, especially now she has kids of her own. I don’t know if she still holds her ancestral belief system, but hell, Tippa’s a very committed Christian and nobody thinks that makes HIM any less Aboriginal.
She did exactly what everyone says indigenous people should do. She studied hard, was successful, made it in ‘mainstream’ society, and is a renowned expert in her field now. She tirelessly mentors aboriginal kids looking to make their way in the sciences, trying to help them find their way out of the poverty trap too. And what was her reward for that? Well, it was Mr Bolt splattering her name all over the Herald Sun, spouting a lot of the same lines you are, that she’s somehow not a REAL aboriginal because her skin is light and that she’s just some opportunist white girl rorting the grants, cos everyone knows that REAL aboriginals are all pitch-black and passed out drunk in remote communities amirite?.
She prosecuted Bolt under 18C, and she won, because Bolt was so focused on her skin colour he didn’t even do the most basic research into her ancestry, or closeness to country and culture, etc. He certainly didn’t ask any of her aboriginal people whether THEY thought she was aboriginal. And that’s the most charitable explanation - personally I think he just plain made up lies.