By JR on Wednesday, July 27, 2016
More naming nonsense
John Batman was the founder of what we now know as the city of Melbourne -- and a Melbourne park is named after him. It's a very modest tribute to an important pioneer but some whites claiming to be Aborigines want to change it to something just about nobody would recognize. They want to dishonour John Batman preciselty because he was the founder of Melbourne.
It's all part of the Leftist need to wipe out all knowledge of history. Like Pol Pot they want the present to be a year zero so that people have no past to learn from. A knowledge of the past is of course very destructive to Leftist claims
To attain their aims on this occasion, they are exploiting the kindness of the average Australian to claim that the name Batman is offensive to Aborigines. Because of that kindness the name change will probably go through. The current matter is all very trivial in the great scheme of things but at some point attempts to erase history must be resisted. The past matters. It is an important tutor.
"Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council spokesman" Ron Jones is as white as I am
THE renaming of Batman Park is moving ahead, with the establishment of a naming committee and the proposal of three possible Wurundjeri replacement names.
Darebin Council last week unanimously voted to establish a Batman Park Renaming Committee to explore the dumping the use of John Batman’s name for its association with indigenous dispossession.
The explorer convinced indigenous elders to sign a treaty trading more than 200,000ha of ancestral land for blankets, flour and other goods in 1835.
Councillor Trent McCarthy said the push to rename the park in the spirit of reconciliation was “a terrific way forward”.
“It is a really powerful conversation, and quite an emotional conversation to be a part of,” Cr McCarthy said.
Councillor Julie Williams said it was important for the council to work with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council to find a more suitable name for the park.
“I think it’s really important that our Wurundjeri people have a voice,” Cr Williams said.
At the first of four public meetings held to discuss the name change, three Wurunjderi replacement names were suggested.
The names include two former Wurundjeri leaders present at the signing of Batman’s treaty, Be Be Jern and Billibellary, along with the last girl born on the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve in Healesville, Gumbri.
Darebin Council and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council last month renewed the campaign for the electorate of Batman and Batman Park to be renamed.
Land council spokesman Ron Jones last month said using Batman’s name in the area where the treaty was signed was a slap in the face to the indigenous community.
In an online Leader poll of almost 2000 readers, just 20 per cent agreed that the name Batman should be dropped.
There will be three more community discussions regarding the name changes.