12. Australian Aborigines Were Treated Like Animals
Aborigines are the original inhabitants of Australia, and they were in the land for tens of thousands of years before white settlers arrived a few hundred years ago. White people mistreated them, and an urban legend claimed that until 1967, they were legally considered animals. The legend is a complete, well, legend, but people still treated them like animals, as this photograph shows. They were often sent to re-education centers or enslaved. Today, there are very few remaining Aborigines, and they still fight for their civil rights.