A possie in Aussie

June 11, 2009

Racism? Maybe we need to eat it.

Filed under: race relations,racism — Nayano @ 1:45 pm
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The Indian Government has protested, the Indian media has expressed concern and Kevin Rudd has been burned in effigy in India.

The on-going protests by Indian students in Sydney and Melbourne have also brought opinions on racism out for an airing.

Paul Sheehan at the Sydney Morning Herald (Brutal truth about attacks) says that, while there might be racism, it is not the whities who are guilty of it:

“But the distorted story of white racism has been helped along by the prevailing sensibilities of reporting of crime in Australia, with skittishness about detailing the gritty reality that most violent street crime in Sydney and Melbourne is not committed by whites. The prison populations confirm this.”

Tracey Spicer on News.com.au says Yes, the violence is racist, and that the ‘persons of middle eastern appearance’ are merely following the tradition of the last wave of migrants attacking the newbies:

“There’s a fine history in Australia of each wave of immigrants having a go at the next wave. From time to time, they crash into each other. In the 1950s, the Anglo-Saxons weren’t too keen on the arrival of millions of “wogs” who’d been displaced from their European homelands. Until they’d tasted their first spaghetti carbonara. Then, all was forgiven.

In the ’70s, many of these newly-assimilated Italians and Greeks joined born and bred Aussies to protest against the boatloads of Vietnamese refugees. They were blamed for everything from drug dealing to organised crime, until we discovered the delights of a freshly-made pho, the delicious Vietnamese soup based on 10-year-old stock. The way to an Aussie’s heart is through his stomach.

This pattern is repeated to the present day, with the influx of immigrants from Lebanon and India in the late ’70s to early ’80s and the broader Middle East during the 1990s.”

Bruce Haigh at Online Opinion is of the ‘white-pelt/dark underbelly’ school, that holds that yes, white Australia is deeply racist but mostly we hide it:

“Quiet soundings at social gatherings of what appear to be like- minded people, eventually leading to, once credentials seem to have been established, “I have nothing against them but …”Polite and sometimes not-so-polite racism is the underbelly of conservative politics and conservative attitudes. Racism weaves its way through Australian sport with varying degrees of official tolerance, but in some codes it has equal billing with misogyny. It was there for all to see with the crude sledging engaged in during the last Australian cricket tour of India. Racist Australia

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