Don’t Fail Your Family (History)

| Learning | July 18, 2014

(I am at a parent-teacher conference. I am nine. Both my parents and I are Caucasian in appearance.)

Teacher: “So, [My Name] has been a good student except for this project, the family history one. In it, she claims to be aboriginal. [My Name], this is very disrespectful to aboriginals and their culture. This is meant to be about your family history, not a story.”

Mum: “But [Teacher], [My Name] is aboriginal. She gets it from her father’s side. She’s sixth-generation Tasmanian Aboriginal.”

Teacher: “Don’t be silly. Look at her! She’s white with blonde hair!”

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