White man speaks…

We came across this on tumblr. It encompasses all of those complaints from self-styled “white people” that they are not heard, appreciated or sufficiently worshipped. Since according to them they make up an overwhelmingly large proportion of the Australian population we decided to air their whinges and whines concerns as collected by Tim Colwill.


Tim Colwill is the editor-in-chief of games.on.the.net and can be found here

10 thoughts on “White man speaks…

  1. This is so brilliant. The older I get the more embarrassed I get as I realise that so many people in our society seem to be totally devoid of self awareness. As someone who is definitely white, middle-class and privileged, it’s definitely just not that fucking hard to realise that you’ve had a lot of advantages in life that most people in the world will never have, and to just not be a dick about it. It still amazes me that some people manage to think that white people in Australia and America are somehow oppressed majorities. Saying or doing something that offends another person and being told off for it is not oppression – that’s just life! We all make choices about how we behave and we should be socially aware enough to be able to judge the consequences at least most of the time. Once upon a time white people were so privileged that they could speak and behave virtually however they wanted to people of other ethnicities without repercussions. The fact that that’s no longer acceptable is not restricting anyone’s freedom – nobody’s going to go to prison for making a racist joke or wearing an offensive t-shirt. Someone telling you that you’re being a racist asshole when you’re behaving like a racist asshole does not limit your freedom, it just means society has finally recognised that there should be consequences for your behaviour. And you only have to look at the makeup of our current cabinet and wider parliament to see that white, middle-class, heterosexual men are still the best represented and most accepted group in Australian society. Still, I guess when you’ve historically controlled 90% of the power and now you’ve only got 70%, it probably feels like you’re being robbed of your natural rights.

    • So true, especially the people concerned about asylum seekers and saying things like ‘they had money to pay for the boats so they must be rich’ and ‘why don’t they fix things where they are instead of bringing their problems to us’. They can’t think beyond the way of life we have here, to think that in other places, the very nature of society and the opportunities and threats it brings, could possibly be different to their experience.

      In fact, I am reminded of seeing Pauline Hanson on TV, going through Aboriginal settlements dispensing ‘wisdom’ about how they could improve their lot if they just had more respect for all the great things we do for them.

  2. Ugh that woman is a disease! Though compared to Cory Bernardi she look almost tolerant. Sometimes it seems like a person’s intolerance and ignorance is directly proportionate to the strength of their convictions.

    The whole asylum seeker thing in Australia is just an embarrassment. I’m living overseas at the moment and I’m seriously considering just telling people I’m from New Zealand, because I don’t want to be associated with the disgusting things being done in the name of “national security”. We’re a first world country breaching international human rights laws, doesn’t that tell people that maybe something’s wrong? But you’re right, so many people just can’t see past the lives we have at home, they can’t imagine the things that many asylum seekers have gone through (and are still going through because of our corrupt and broken processing system).

    And when did Australians become so devoid of empathy? I’m constantly amazed by the number of people who just don’t seem to see asylum seekers as human beings – it’s like they don’t believe they’re capable of the same emotions we are, that they somehow function on a less developed plane of humanity than we do. Can they not imagine how it would feel to fear every day for your family’s safety, or to know that your children will grow up and grow old in poverty? If we stood in their shoes would we not also do whatever it took to try and provide a better life for the people we love? And I can’t get over the fact that people seem to think that asylum seekers are “country shopping”, like they just packed a suitcase one day and headed for the best place possible. The countries that refugees are fleeing may be terrible, but they’re still home for these people, and leaving requires them to give up all the people and places they love and the only world they’ve probably ever known. How many of us would make that choice just because we wanted to cash in on Centrelink? Unbelievable.

  3. Well, the person who has been arguing with me, linked to a story about a four year old who had been bright and bubbly and after six months of detention, the only word they said was ‘jail’. They blamed the parents, said we should ‘look after our own’, said the boat should have just been blown out of the water, I honestly think that these people don’t stop to think about what they are saying, they just take the social cue that ‘we hate asylum seekers’ and then just blindly run with it.

    And yes, that’s the other point I like to make. ‘Why didn’t they stop in Indonesia ?’. Would YOU, if you had a young family in tow ? ‘Why don’t they wait for proper channels ?’ Would YOU if the process was so under funded that the kids you’re trying to give a better life to, will be 16 when you finally get to Australia through those channels ?

    And then all the discussion about how much is spent on them which should ‘go to our own’. Yes, but we spend it LOCKING THEM UP. They didn’t ask us to do that. Then we don’t let them work. They didn’t ask for that either. None of that is the fault of the people we are declaring war on.

    In the end all I could ask was, ‘you’re assuming they risked their lives coming here, KNOWING that Australians lack basic humanity and common decency, so they deserve how we treat them ?’

    • I seriously don’t even know how the whole ‘boat people’ hysteria even started. I mean what the shit – Australia gets 3% of the world’s refugees, we have an extremely low population for a country our size, I don’t understand why people seem to think that asylum seekers are such a threat. Sure, asylum seekers who settle in Australia do get benefits and welfare when they have not contributed financially to the system, but if we allow them to integrate into society then they can and do give back to the system through work and taxes. As you said, it’s been proven time and again that allowing them to integrate into society is vastly cheaper than detaining them the way we do now. I think you’re right, people don’t even bother to think about their opinions on this anymore, they just hear the words ‘boat people’ and fly off into the mystical land of prejudice.

      Plus the whole idea that because asylum seekers try to get to Australia it means they’re ‘country shopping’ is ridiculous. Some people don’t seem to realise that when one country is affected by war or famine, it usually means the neighbouring countries aren’t faring so great either. If you’re fleeing Afghanistan, are you going to go to Iraq or Pakistan or Palestine? Life wouldn’t be any better there than it was where they came from! Do people not get that turmoil tends to affect an entire region, and not just one individual country? Since when is wanting to ensure a better life for your family a crime punishable by years of incarceration (which is fucking illegal under international law anyway). Rapists and murderers in prison live in better conditions than those we inflict on asylum seekers, who have done nothing to warrant it except to have the misfortune not to be born with the privileges we take for granted.

      • It was started by politicians, obviously. Mostly to create an underclass who we could victimise and blame for our problems. The people complaining are mostly the ones who wish they were getting more handouts themselves, that’s why they see the refugees as competition.

        • It’s easy to forget that prior to the Tampa affair, the Howard government was headed for certain electoral defeat. The last election they had lost the two party preferred vote to labor, only getting in through seat numbers, everyone hated the GST (I remember backberner doing a song called “I’ll win everywhere man!” For Kim beazley), and even conservative commentators like Andrew bolt were calling the election a done deal.

          Then the government played the race card with Tampa, appealing to the ugly ignorant side of Australia. Helped along by September 11, labor fumbling a response, and blatant lies told about asylum seekers (children overboard being the best example), suddenly Howard headed for an election victory, while labor headed for a mess it took two terms to clean up (albeit temporarily).

          Not that I’m saying treatment of asylum seekers was amazing prior to Tampa-it wasn’t. We had mandatory detention as a standard practise since the 90’sbutbit wasn’t a political issue either side of politics discussed prior to Tampa.

          So now, all our speculative historians can wonder if the Tampa affair occurred after the September 11 terror attacks, how would have Australia’s political and migration history have been changed?

        • Yes, I am well aware that that was the tipping point and the point at which all our politicians learned that denigrating asylum seekers was a ticket to electoral victory.

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