Questioning US Policy in Iraq

Remember the Aborigines

I was amazed by the article on Melbourne "A City That Many Cultures Can Call Home," June 3. The author went on and on about peaceful multiculturalism, about people from 140 countries living in harmony, and never once mentioned the culture of the native people of Australia: the Aborigines.

From the very beginning of Australia's occupation by white colonists, the black Aborigines have been mistreated - much the same way the American Indians were mistreated by the Europeans. Though perhaps improving, the situation in Australia is far from idyllic.

It was refreshing to read about a place with such a high level of cultural tolerance, but it's important to recognize the reality of racism. Robert de Qui, Dockton, Wash.

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