Melbourne, Nov 26 : Aussie moviemaker Baz Luhrmann is using Barack Obama's historic election victory to raise awareness about his homeland's shameful past, during which Aboriginal and mixed race kids were removed from their families and raised to be servants to white industry leaders and politicians.
The Moulin Rouge! director has linked Obama to the stolen generations, claiming the US President-elect would have been taken had he been Australian.
"The President-elect of the United States is 47. If he was living in Australia, it is absolutely credible that the government, because he had one white parent and one black parent, could have taken him forcibly from his family," News.com.au quoted Luhrmann, as saying.
"They would have put him in an institution, probably lied to him that his parents were dead, changed his name and reprogrammed him to be European, so he could have some sort of function doing something of service in white society. That would possibly have been Obama's journey," he added.