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The global civil rights movement has been integral in bringing about change in our society.docx

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Assimilation, stolen generation, sorry speech The global civil rights movement has been integral in bringing about change in our society. The equality and opportunities that are available to everyone are a result of the pioneers for change in our society, who have stood up against oppression in order to be viewed as an equal. Assimilation was a policy that was introduced by the Australian government with the intention of integrating Aboriginal peoples into white culture at the expense of their Indigenous culture. In 1950, the assimilation act was created, forcing Aboriginals to give up their culture and adopt a more European lifestyle. The basis of this policy came from Social Darwinism, a mindset based on Charles Darwin’s theory that stated that only the fittest species survives and prospers. Europeans interpreted this to mean that they were the superior race, and so by forcing Aboriginals to adopt their culture, they were doing them a ‘favour’. These policies were extremely damaging, with government officials having the
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