The Appendix continues the story with compassionate and shocked responses from writers, journalists, religious leaders, thinkers and politicians, juxtaposed with John Howard’s appalling non-apology. An unembellished submission by a white policeman’s son stands out. He remembers his father returning from his job, accompanying welfare officers to bodily remove children from their homes and sitting on a stool outside the kitchen ‘crying and sobbing like a child.’
This is an important, unforgettable book for spreading awareness of the terrible human cost of misguided racist policies and attitudes and for giving voice to those who suffered irreparably. It will make you weep at the perpetration of abuses and gasp at the courage and quiet magnanimity of those who survived.
This was first published for New Zealand Book Month 2011,