A female Indigenous soldier speaks her mind

Last week, it was revealed that females and Indigenous males were being recruited ahead of others in the Australian Defence Force.

As such, it is interesting to hear from a female Aboriginal soldier currently serving in the Australian Army.

She wishes to speak anonymously as she fears for her job. This is not unique. I have spoken to many serving Defence members in recent times who have said exactly the same thing.

This is her story:

I joined the Army from a young age. There were no diversity panels and no special entry ways were needed. My time in Defence has been great. I have not faced any circumstances of discrimination, although I have heard stories about things gone in the past.

I also studied at university. As I was Indigenous, I was pushed to apply for my degree as part of an Indigenous pathways program.

I won’t deny that it helped. I was poor and from an unstable background.

However, it was a double-edged sword that opened up the world of ‘black politics’. As I was Indigenous, it was expected that my views would always be left-leaning, no matter my status. Worse, I was supposed to uphold a ‘victim mentality’ or I would not truly be Indigenous.

Knowing that this environment exists within the university, I abstained from ‘black politics’ whenever I could. However the Indigenous community would look at me strangely if my views were not the same as theirs. ‘Victims’ were expected to stick together.

The more I studied, the more I became aware of the true statistics behind the issues pushed by feminists and social activist journalists in the mainstream media.

I started to realize how distorted stories and ‘facts’ were with regards to rape statistics, ‘gender pay gaps’ and the idea that women were the same as men. My belief is that women and men complement each other, just like salt and pepper. 

I choose to abstain from Indigenous politics as it always follows lefty tactics of blaming the Anglo-Australian community and declaring that all problems are the ‘white man’s’ fault.

My view in this regard is that we should be thankful that it was the British and not any other European country that chose to settle here.

Being in the Army has shown me that even if you have a different skin colour, you’re still green at the end of the day. That is something I am very proud of.

I don’t need a special treatment because I have ancestors that come from this land; one of my ancestors is a half-caste of British and Aboriginal decent. I wouldn’t dare spit on his grave for being what he is, and neither should anyone else.

I believe in an Australian identity. Indigenous people are not from a separate state that needs to be closed off from society. We need to be a part of it together and have a joint identity with all Australians.

I have come across Aboriginal & Torres Strait people who even tell me that I’m not ‘black’ enough to fit in to their community as I am not that ‘right’ shade of black.

I am concerned about immigration, diversity propaganda, the stigmatisation of ordinary Australians, the growing welfare state and the purchase of our land by foreign governments.

I am also concerned about the spread of foreign enclaves in our cities, especially the growth of Islamic and Asian only areas in Sydney.

I am especially concerned about the ‘left’ side of politics using Indigenous people for votes.

The government has no role to play in the manufacturing of a ‘culture’ for Indigenous people. History repeats itself and with that many cultures have died out due to technology and changes. The more advanced a society becomes the less favourable are the relics. They hinder people of self-growth and development which can be a hidden shadow of tall poppy syndrome.

Many of the Indigenous leadership roles have been created by the political left. These people are not elected and do not reflect the will of all Indigenous Australians. They are placed into these positions so people can say, ‘look I have an Indigenous person here, your area is bad because they are not as diverse as us’.

It’s stupid and doesn’t make any sense.

As are ‘Indigenous cultural advisers’.

How is an elder from a different state and from a different tribe an expert at telling me who my family and heritage is? How are they a true representative of my now manufactured culture?

I understand that we do have Indigenous people that live in the remote communities who do need help.

However the ‘help’ that politicians and social advocates have provided is beyond dumb.

You don’t throw money at problems and hope for positive outcomes. You create structure and guidance and reinforce that with persistence and patience which is something that those in need…really do need.

Growing up in a changing society has shown to me how dangerous the ‘left’ is with regards to pup petting Indigenous people for their votes.

They never ever consider the true problems of integration of all ethnic groups in Australia.

It’s frustrating to even see Indigenous people burn Australian flags and to be placed on media panels in order to further identity politics.

Our society needs to know that Indigenous people with mainstream and right-leaning views do exist. They too get angry when idiotic Indigenous people make fools of themselves on television or in the news for some political sway.

If boundaries need to be broken down to fix the issues I am for it. However, I am not for strawman arguments and pandering. I am fed up with the current Australian politicians and hope that actual leaders take control and apply a common sense approach to their impact on our community. 

These are my views alone and do not reflect those of the Department of Defence.

Very interesting.

I have no doubt that this ‘diverse’ thinking – that breaks all stereotypes of Indigenous females – is too diverse for the policy wonks pushing Defence’s new age diversity agenda…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of seven children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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