Mr John Ford (John.Ford1@JCU.EDU.AU)
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 13:18:38 +1000
Less than 24 hours after the Tombstone Opening Ceremony of the late Eddie
Mabo at Towvsville, Queensland, Australia the grave has been the subject
of a racist attack. The Grave, according to the ABC news service, has
been covered in red paint with the word ABO painted twice on the grave.
Nazi swastikas have also been painted on the grave. Part of the headstone
is missing. Mrs Mabo has said that the grave and body will be removed
from Townsville for re-burial on Mer Island in the Torres Strait.
MABO is synomous with Native Title for indigenous Australians. The
dececration is a symbol of a deeper racism, fear and histeria that
'white' Australian perceive indigenous Australians. It also adds to my
point that there is a racist ideology alive and well in Australia.
Please inform others
john ford --