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Australian History 101 - Darah (Australian Aboriginal Hip-Hop)

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Published on Jan 14, 2012

The song is something I wanted to get out for a while now. It is a history of the experiences of my people since colonisation. I feel there is alot of racial tension in Australia which is in part due to lack of knowledge of the history of Aboriginal people in this country. I am hoping that this video can shed some light on what we have been through (and are still going through), to help bridge the gap. Think of it as a Rap-umentary.

The newspaper images can be found here: http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/images/...

Lyrics:

(Chorus x 2)
Watch as I unfold for those that don't know,
This is a true story, history untold,
For every individual, the old and the young,
This is Australian History 101,

(Verse 1)
Welcome to Australia's darkside,
People don't know Australian law inspired apartheid,
Separation legalised in the so called "Protection Era"
Black communities living in terror,
From government departments who stole our children,
While our men were at work, exploited by real life villians,
No cash, surviving on government rations,
On the frontier frontline cultures clashing,
Aint nobody want to pay the Black man for his labor,
Stolen lands, by the beast we got ate up,
Rounded up like cattle on missions and reserves,
Where we was broken down and forced to serve,
Our women disrespected, and life so hectic,
They place our children in White homes to get molested,
Our brothers in jail cells with long sentences,
With no translators, wondering where justice is.

(chorus x 2)

(verse 2)
We needed certificates given to us from White mans,
Just to travel across the land and see our own fam,
Who resided on different missions from us,
We was pushed through the dirt, and dragged through the dust,
And they wonder why now we don't trust them White folk,
We talk about the struggle and they thinkin it's a joke,
When we raise up our flag they thinkin that we playin,
When we talk about freedom they say all we do is complain,
Cause they don't understand that they was raised to hate us,
Taught from history books written by old racist,
Who tried to erase us and our experience,
Attempted genocide many times, plenty crimes,
We too Black too strong to thorough to die,
We gonna stay unified as one till we rise,
Forver we strong, never shall we divide,
My people stand tall and keep your heads up high,

(chorus x 2)

We used to walk across the land barefoot in times before,
We had our own ways, culture, language and laws,
1788 them White folk came on boats,
Never be the same again so much pain that they brought,
Through the 1800s, theft murder and genocide,
Alcoholism and religion enslaving the mind,
1900s on missions had us living like prison,
In the 20s we studied Garvey's Black Nationalism,
In the beginning getting organised to overcome the hate,
After the Day of Mourning, in January 38,
We walked of the reserves tryna do for ourselves,
Not allowed inside town so on the fringes they dwelled,
In the 60s Charlie Perkins organised freedom rides,
67 referendum citizenship arrived,
In the 70s the Tent Embassy strived to make a change,
But it seems the more things change the more they stay the same,
In the 80s protests in the streets fell on deaf ears,
We screamed for land rights but it aint come through the years,
Eddie Mabo won his case so they changed the laws,
From Land Rights to Native Title, all is unfair in war,
So now here we are as we continue to fight on,
Through the dark night, until the bright dawn,
Never backin down never givin up never to be defeated,
We gon keep on until we all free.

(chorus x 2)

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