Australians Call for the State of Queensland to Be Renamed Because It Honors the Queen | 22 Words

So many of us are completely unaware of Australia's brutal history and it's time for us to learn more about it.

Keep scrolling to hear Australia's calls for the state of Queensland to be renamed...

Australians are calling for the state of Queensland to be changed...

Because it honors the late Queen Victoria. But let's start from the beginning...

On January 26th, 1788...

Captain Arthur Phillip founded Australia whilst he was guiding a fleet of eleven British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales. This date is now known as "Australia Day" and it is celebrated every year by Australians.

It has been taught for years that it was thanks to the British that Australia was discovered...

And that the country was just barren wasteland before the Brits took over. But this certainly wasn't the case.

The indigenous people of Australia were already living in the country...

It is believed that many of the indigenous people migrated from Africa and South East Asia.

And when the British started to colonize the country and take over...

The indigenous communities tried to protect their land, but, sadly, they failed against the forces of the British government, who were much more powerful than they were.

So many indigenous people died brutal deaths at the hands of British people.

According to sources at The Guardian, mass killings were first carried out by British soldiers in 1794, then by police and settlers – often acting together – and later by native police, working under the command of white officers, in militia-style forces supported by colonial governments.

These attacks became more lethal for indigenous people over time...

And it has been estimated that around 20,000 people were killed in order to create a more "white" race for Australia - making it the only Commonwealth country to not have a treaty with its first people. This is utterly heartbreaking to learn.

This is almost never spoken about in history books...

And the indigenous communities left today still feel the pain of their ancestors, as well as the racism and discrimination they have faced over the years as Australia has grown.

A lot of indigenous people continue to feel a lot of anger towards the British empire...

And in the recent wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, communities have been calling for justice for their people. It isn't right that these people are still treated differently to white Australians.

Many feel the world should be aware of what the British did to Australians...

Sandy Hamilton is descended from a soldier in the 46th Regiment which, on orders of the NSW governor Lachlan Macquarie, killed at least 14 indigenous people at Appin in 1816. "We need to take ownership of our history," Hamilton said, "We deserve to know the truth of how we came to be who we are."

And now, it has been demanded that some of Australia's most populated states be renamed.

The states of Victoria and Queensland were named after Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire until 1901.

Queen Victoria overlooked the colonization of Australia...

And indeed, the cold-blooded killings of the indigenous people.

Indigenous activist and former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe was the one who made the call to have these states renamed.

She said she wants both Queensland and Victoria to change their names since they honor Queen Victoria, on Wednesday.

Lidia was Victoria's first indigenous MP...

And she told news.com.au that she has a "shopping list" of things to negotiate in treaty talks and renaming places shouldn’t be off the table.

She feels that parts of her country shouldn't be named after a deadly invasion.

"Given we’re all talking about the colonial past and how everything’s named as a result of the invasion of this country, why wouldn’t we negotiate that?" she said. "It may be that it stays the same. But why wouldn’t we put that on the table. Maybe we need to be making decisions, changing place names, state names, and anything else that causes harm."

She said Queensland could do the same...

"Maybe that’s something they could negotiate."

Lidia wants her country, and the rest of the world, to acknowledge their history.

"Treaty is not just for black fellas," she said, "This is an opportunity for this country to grow up and mature as a nation. And acknowledge and recognize the true history." "That’s when we come together. It’s not about black or white. It’s about the good, bad and ugly or our history."

Australia should be living in peace...

"I see a treaty as a way that we can make peace with one another. We don’t live in peace. We don’t have the same opportunities. I’d like to see the end to the injustice that occurs against Aboriginal people, I’d like to see our environment protected like we used to protect it."

Even though Lidia has made some very valid points...

Some people have called her out for her ideas and aspirations, claiming that it would cost the Australian government too much money when they need their funds for more important things.

The world needs to learn about the brutal reality of Australia's history...

And if that means changing the name of a state to honor the indigenous Australian people, then so be it.