A common talking point you hear on social media platforms and political post threads is how destructive Communism was; that it has killed millions of people, but I think the other big 'C's are giving them a run for their money: Colonialism, Christianity and Capitalism. Communism and Muslims did not have a decimating effect on Aboriginal peoples here in Australia. In fact, The Communist Party of Australia were the only political party supporting Aboriginal Rights back in the day and Fred Paterson, our only-ever elected Communist MP, was a strong anti-racism advocate. The Muslim Macassans came for trade not dominance or invasion - a stark contrast with those who landed at Port Jackson on the 26th of January 1788.

I see Colonialism, Christianity and Capitalism as arms of the same beast that changed the lives of Aboriginal peoples forever. This beast also brought with it: contagions, confinement, ”civilisation",   the Crown, chauvinism and conflict.

Deuteronomy 7

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When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations--the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you--

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and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.  Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.

Archie Moore (b. 1970, Toowoomba, l. Brisbane. Kamilaroi) works across media in portrayals of self and national histories. His ongoing interests include key signifiers of identity – skin, language, smell, home, flags – as well as the borders of intercultural understanding and misunderstanding, including the wider concerns of racism. Uncertainty is an ongoing theme pertaining to his paternity and Kamilaroi heritage.