Racism is a very big issue. I think most people say things without realising they are being racist. This doesn t excuse their behaviour but most people don t think before they say things. One line in Oodgeroo s poems says Black tribe, yellow tribe, red, white or brown this means that there are so many races in Australia and people are going to keep on being racist because there are always going to be different races in Australia and no-one can change it; so why don t people just live their own life and stop trying to make someone else s miserable because someone s skin is darker than theirs. Another line in one of Oodgeroo poems says All one family, so why family rows and I believe that we are all related in some way or another. I don t believe that humans started by the millions I believe we started by one thing only.
When people are racist towards others they are calling themselves this as well. I think Oodgeroo is a bit of a hypocrite because most of her poems are about whit people being racist towards Aborigines and in one of her poems called Let us not be bitter she wrote away with bitterness my own dark people in this poem she is saying that they should forget about the past and get on with the future. Then most of her other poems she is going on about how the white people gave allot of discrimination and racism towards the black people. Oodgeroo takes racism very seriously as most people should she has expressed how she feels in her poetry. Oodgeroo has a one way mind about racism though. To me it seems that she thinks its just the white people racist towards the Aborigines and that s it but its not white people are towards everyone even other white people and every other race is racist towards the white people it just goes on.
Oodgeroo is expressing her feelin about racism but the way she is doing it she is being a bit racist herself. Another poems says This site was ours, you may recall, ages before you cam at all here she is saying that white people took all the land and there was allot of discrimination. White people thought they where higher than the aborigines and better than them and could take what they wanted cause aborigines had no authority. Racism is a very touchy subject for most people.
Most people would have been racist once in their life or someone has been racist towards them. There is allot of racism going on in Australia and Oodgeroo has wrote allot of poems showing how bad it is. White people where very racist towards Aborigines when they first came to Australia and there was allot of discrimination going on swell. I am not saying the problem is better now or Aborigines are lucky to be living in today s world but it isn t as bad today as it was back when the white people first came to Australia and the Aborigine people where getting killed, mistreated and dieing from diseases..