The Woke Blackfacing of Our Common Tongue

The deputy lord mayor of Melbourne, Nicholas Reece, wants everyone to learn “some Aboriginal language”.

“Wominjeka,” he announces brightly in a newspaper article – “It may still be an unfamiliar word to many Melburnians but for thousands of years it has been the common greeting of ‘Hello / Welcome’ for the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of Melbourne,” a place which Reece likes to call “Naarm”, oblivious to the fact that Naarm, if it is a genuine Aboriginal name, and there are so many ersatz ones around, could only refer to the site of Melbourne as it was in pre-colonial days. If you want to call it Naarm, logically you need to eliminate Melbourne, clear the site, an operation which may figure somewhere in the future aggressive strategies of expansionist Beijing but seems hardly a function of the city’s deputy lord mayor.

In real traditional Aboriginal life as it was lived, rather than the sanitised Disneyland version people like Reece imagine it was, the welcome would often have been much warmer, in the form of a shower of spears and boomerangs directed at the new arrival. But that doesn’t happen any more for one very important reason. Whether Reece and the army of white indigi-gaga activists like it or not, Australian Aborigines are now assimilated, some more than others, but assimilated none the less. The old argument of assimilation versus separation is no longer relevant. Assimilation is a fact. What Reece inaccurately calls “the oldest continuous culture in the world” (isn’t that the San bushmen of southern Africa?) is now more an anthropological study than a living culture. It survives as an identity marker among people who otherwise have a Westernised life in a Western culture, with mobile phones and vast television screens and baseball caps and all the other appurtenances of twenty-first century existence, even in remote settlements. You can see them every day on TV. These are the things that count, for Aborigines as for just about everyone else in Australian society, as the near universal possession of them demonstrates.

Suggesting we learn some “Aboriginal” is a big ask. For a start, which language? All of the 120 or so which according to Reece are still spoken? And to what end? Just so you can say “Wominjeka” to everyone you meet? What a burk you’d look doing that. One pictures Nicholas on the Town Hall steps nodding his head smilingly and saying “Wominjeka” to passers-by until people become wary and start to walk around him, the way you try and avoid a drunk in the train, some making a digital spiral gesture around the ear.

And what kind of response would you get, going up to a perfect stranger and saying “Wominjeka”? If your interlocutor understood you he might ask “Wominjeka to what?”, and if he was a self-respecting Aboriginal he’d be entitled to add, “If you mean to Australia, it’s as much my country as yours, mate.” In English too, because, even if Reece hasn’t noticed, Aborigines have already taken the initiative and learnt English. Look at the very names they use for their hierarchs – elders, aunties, uncles.

One of the reasons the Left hates history and attempts to rewrite or suppress it is because history shows that an “invaded” people can be assimilated into an “invading” one and create a richer society as a result. Australian Aborigines, according to leftists, were “invaded” – though if the relatively bloodless British settlement of Australia was an “invasion”, what would leftists have called a Japanese conquest in the Second World War, or a Chinese military occupation now? But so were the Anglo-Saxons in Britain invaded, and the consequent amalgamation of cultures gave us the nation that civilised much of the world, and the inheritance that leftists themselves now enjoy, and interminably criticise or try to undermine, not, be it noted, because they are uncomfortable in it – if they were they could always leave – but to assuage some feeling of guilt of their own, probably for leading so privileged an existence. They are ingrates.

The same beneficial results of assimilation have demonstrably been accepted by the great majority of indigenous Australians. By the early twentieth century, relations between the two strands of Australian citizens had become generally untroubled. It is only since white (mainly) leftists, ever seeking to foment new grievances, took to exploiting the divisive potential of race, that assimilation has been equated with genocide.    

It is the comfort and security of a stable society that allows people like Reece to dabble in Aboriginality. It wasn’t like that in the primitive society they extol. Indigenous life was hard and brutal in those supposedly arcadian days before British settlement, certainly much harder than putting an Aboriginal place name with your email address, which is often the extent of the average wokeist’s “identification” with our “first nations” – note the name lifted from the quite different racial politics of North America – or being able to recite an “acknowledgment of country” in fluent Woiwurrung, as Nicholas boasts in The Age of being able to do.  

Foisting Aboriginal languages on Anglophone Australians is part of the now seemingly unstoppable campaign by the Left and its dupes in the ABC (with their useless “indigenous’ subtitles) and elsewhere to divide the nation racially. If they could they’d return it to pre-settlement conditions, with a Babel of warring tribes and not too much mutual “Wominjeka” among them. They could rename our nation “Abostralia”. Proponents of this regression should ask themselves in which culture they would prefer to live. The one they grew up in, or the older one as it was in the barbaric days before our nation as it is today was founded? And, if they are sincerely concerned about Aboriginal wellbeing, which one do they think present-day Aborigines would find healthier, safer and more fulfilling.

11 thoughts on “The Woke Blackfacing of Our Common Tongue

  • Carlos says:

    Reece is a frequent guest on the ‘Bolt Report,’ to call him a wanker is an insult to wankers.

  • restt says:

    Why is the true nature of precontact Aboriginal society and its deprivations erased from history.

    Aboriginal society especially in Victoria collapsed on contacted. The Elders response was to pimp out all their women as prostitutes and take the money to get drunk.

    No one talks about this history – white man banned alcohol – not Elders. White man separated Aboriginals for their survival and protection – not Aboriginals.

    Reece should spend one night in traditional society and see how a puny white man goes. He might not be so quick to say welcome anymore.

  • rod.stuart says:

    It is a credit to Sky that they invite Reece on so often. How else would we be reminded of the irrational idiocy exemplified by the Left?

  • Daffy says:

    Does Reece spot the irony in reducing an Aboriginal word to text in Roman letters, then communicating using said letters?

  • Trevor Bailey says:

    Melbourne? Graham Chapman as King Arthur in search of the Holy Grail said to his fellow Pythons: “Camelot is a silly place. We won’t go there.”

  • Tony Tea says:

    I’ll stick to my Latin, thanks.

  • Stephen says:

    Most of the Aboriginals I’ve met have a pretty good sense of humor. I wouldn’t be to surprised to learn that the correct translation of Wominjeka is, I’m a wanker”!

  • brandee says:

    Such a good point Christopher that so much assimilation has occurred. Now all that is left is to empty the blighted communes in rural and remote Australia.
    Rural white kids have a culture of moving if necessary to seek training and employment. How then to create that in a nonprogressive culture [worlds oldest unchanging?] when the alternative of sit-down money is so freely on offer?

  • Lawrie Ayres says:

    I don’t wish to nit pick but they are Aborigines not Aboriginal. The first is the noun the second an adjective as in Aboriginal paintings. Many, like Jacinta Price, are Australians with Aboriginal heritage. Many also have Celtic or English heritage just like I do. Reece should recognise that we are all Australians first and whatever second. That would be real harmony.

  • DougD says:

    In early 2021, a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service regional director issued a public safety warning that some campsites were being closed “to reduce the potential for further negative interactions and ensure the long-term viability of the wongari population on K’Gari.” A dingo had just attacked a child holidaying on Fraser Island. Unfortunately, few people understand Butchulla, the language of the traditional owners of Fraser Island. There were three similar attacks there. But what does it matter if a few children are savaged by dingoes: the public safety warning was so respectful of the traditional owners wasn’t it?

  • john.singer says:

    Great Article.
    I wonder if that upward mobile apparatchik Nichola Reece would say “Wominjeka” to the bloke from the Local Land Council when he calls to take his house for being built on land that doesn’t belong to him?

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