Racism And Technology Is Evolving Faster Than The Law

Reblogged from Vice

By The Anti Bogan  |

Hey remember that racist lady on the train? You know, the one who offered the heartfelt apology on Channel 7 while using a pseudonym? Yeah, she was horrible but she said sorry so she’s not racist anymore and anyway it was justified because she’s been the victim of racism before and she isn’t really a racist because she has a friend who is half Indian. And it’s okay too because she was splashed across mainstream, independent and social media for days and charged by police for public racial abuse within 48 hours. Thank goodness that’s over and will never happen ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, again.

When it comes to dealing with public discrimination, Australia has the state and federal legislation, but not the teeth. When a YouTube video of a venomous bigot spitting racial diatribe goes viral, it becomes newsworthy. It’s pure gold to mainstream television networks that push voyeuristic sensationalism to an audience hungry for car accidents, home invasions, shootings, and dogs on surfboards.

When this chunk of people power feels offended it’s suddenly vital for authorities and tall poppies to be seen to address the issues immediately. Enter the police spokesperson or local member for Boganville.

It often feels like incidents of racism are on the rise—particularly at the lowly public-transport-riding-citizen level. But a contributing factor is that every person with a mobile phone is now carrying a video camera. The same can be seen in the online world of racism: levels of bigotry have always existed, but now anyone with the Internet has a public voice and the ability to publish their opinions to the world. Camera phones and You Tube may give the impression that we’re more sensitive to racial injustice than our parents, but the actual system in place to protect people against racism is about as effective as clicking ‘like’ on a Facebook post.

Racism was, is and will always be a problem. But the less visible issue arising now is that our legal system isn’t evolving at the same rate as our racist outlets. The enforceable statutes that are in place to protect people from barbs of discrimination are clear and imposing, yet were implemented in a time when incidences of public rants and raves were limited to drunks and creeps on the street beating their chests and dragging their knuckles. It is frequently asserted that people can be ‘prosecuted’ or ‘convicted’ under the Racial Discrimination Act. It is regularly said that section 18C serves to protect hurt feelings at the expense of free speech. In actual fact, neither assertion is true. Additionally, 1 out of every 3 complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is declined due to a complex variety of reasons.

At the most basic level, the Racial Discrimination sector of the AHRC states that racial discrimination is against the law and that citizens may lodge complaints. But it continues by stating that it is “not a court” and cannot prove that discrimination has occurred. Additionally, the HRC will generally only accept complaints lodged by a member of the affected group. For example, if you are offended at a television advertisement where Indian people are portrayed in a negatively generalising way, you may only lodge a complaint with the HRC if you are of Indian descent.

At the authoritative level, making a statement at your Local Area Command (LAC) police station will generally prove to be fruitless as well. Officers will tell you that in order to act on online threats or acts of discrimination they will need to conduct an investigation into whether or not the person on the other end is who they say they are. According to one Constable at a local Sydney LAC, it would take up to three months to perform what is called an iASK. This is the same procedure undertaken by police officers when responding to victims of harassment via email or mobile phone. Dealing with online harassment is difficult due to the fact that people share computers and are tech savvy enough to use VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) that throw their IP location to far reaching corners of the world.

At the holy-shit-I-just-want-to-be-protected level, officers may assist you in applying for a PVO (Personal Violence Order), which can prevent a certain person from harassing you, but this is a lengthy procedure and requires you to be present in a court of law. Additionally, it only prevents one person from harassing you and does not stop them harassing others in the same way.

Our impotence to fight racism isn’t just confined to trolls, but rather compounded by a Scott Morrison inspired Government that attempts to demonize asylum seekers by calling them “economic migrants”. Our own Attorney General George Brandis floated the idea to remove what little protection we presently have (see Section 18C Racial Discrimination Act) because “people have the right to be bigots”. Luckily that didn’t come to fruition.

To say our discrimination legislation is in need of a refresh in an understatement— it was drawn up in a time when our Indigenous population was being referred to as “fauna” and refused the vote. Racism in Australia is an ugly shrouded reality, one generally muffled and confined to family homes and the boozy BBQs. In Australian culture racism is like smoking, just because it’s not allowed in public spaces doesn’t mean a huge section of the population is willing to give it up.

Media and law enforcement should be reacting to online discrimination with the same vehement opposition afforded to public transport bigots with equally, if not harsher penalties. Unlike Sue Wilkins (aka Karen Bailey), there are literally tens of thousands of bigots lining up on social media to offer their real names, smiling faces, and Bali holiday snaps in stark juxtaposition with their hate-filled opinions of people who are culturally, religiously, sexually, physically and politically different minded. To the rest of us, these people are achingly awkward and produce uncomfortable giggles and smirks. It’s hard to laugh at discrimination, but easy to guffaw at nutjobs who are losing their shit on public transport. Poor fools. They’re in a way the victims, to be honest. Victims of a sensationalist media and fear-striking Government that wants them to think they’re in need of saving from the unwashed, coloured mob.

Of course it is naïve to believe that discrimination will fade away and see us living in a harmonic utopia simply on the back of harsher penalties and legislation. It takes a multi-pronged and sustained effort of education, shifts in media and entertainment, endorsement from influential people, denouncement from politicians, and better guidance from parents to see bigots change their ways. But first things first, we need 21st century protections against abuse – if racism and hate can keep up with the times we need to make sure so can we. And if heaven forbid, you ever find yourself chucking a wobbly at some Asian on a hot train on your way home from 28 failed job applications, just make sure you say sorry and pretend your name is Richard Head.

Teens arrested over racist attack on bus full of Jewish school students

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August 7, 2014 – 7:49AM

Breaking news reporter

Five teenagers have been arrested over a racist attack on a bus full of young Jewish students as they travelled home from school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Victor Dominello, the Minister for Citizenship and Communities, said he was “deeply disturbed” by reports that a group of teenagers had terrorised students as young as five years old as their school bus travelled between Randwick and Bondi Junction on Wednesday afternoon.

Police allege the offenders got on the bus on Darley Road in Randwick about 3.50pm and, as the bus travelled towards Bondi Junction, they racially taunted and made physical threats to the children.

The children’s parents later told police that the offenders, who were possibly drunk at the time, yelled insults such as “kill the Jews” and “free Palestine” during their assault, which one police officer described as an “horrific” incident of bullying and intimidation.

Police said the children were all aged between five and 12 years old and, while they were not physically harmed, they were traumatised by the event. About 30 children from Jewish schools in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, including Mount Sinai College and Emanuel School, were on the bus at the time.

The alleged offenders got off the bus on Bronte Road at Bondi Junction. A number of children called their parents, who met them at Bondi Junction and called police.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said five teenagers were arrested at 3.30am on Thursday and were questioned by police about the incident. They were then released into the custody of their parents. No charges have been laid and the police investigation is ongoing.

Mr Dominello said public abuse and intimidation on the grounds of race or religion was “deplorable”.

“The people of NSW will never excuse it and those who are alleged to have subjected school children as young as five to this anti-Semitic attack should face the full force of the law,” he said.

“We are lucky to live in one of the most harmonious multicultural societies in the world but we must never be complacent. It is incumbent upon all citizens to expose those whose actions are based on racial hatred and who seek to import overseas conflict onto our streets.”

The attack is believed to have occurred on a State Transit Authority bus that had been hired out privately for the school run. Police are investigating why the bus stopped to pick up the teenage thugs along Darley Road.

The bus was also believed to have CCTV cameras on board, and police will review that footage, which has not yet been publicly released.

Police said in a statement that officers from the Eastern Suburbs local area command were investigating the incident.

“While the event is not believed to be targeted, police have confirmed appropriate action will be taken against the alleged offenders once found, and any type of racial abuse, especially where young children are involved, will not be tolerated,” the statement said.

The teenagers are described as being aged between 15 and 17 years old and “of Caucasian appearance”.

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Right-wing ratbags rant rubbish during Ramadan

Major retailer Woolworths decided to support its many Muslim customers by running a ‘Happy Ramadan” campaign.

Of course millions thousands hundreds scores a handful of fearful ignorant Islamophobes patriotic Strayans protested via social media.

Woolworths like the rest of us would have ignored their yapping rants.

So it was with much amusement that we read the scribblings from keyboard Crusader and PFFer (Party for Freedom dimwit) Trevor Parnell

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Wonder why a police Inspector would be bothered talking to a nonentity like Trev unless Trev was helping him with his enquiries so to speak?

Well Trevor has featured here before and as you can see. he hates Asians AND Muslims. Bad luck if you are both (or either), you won’t get an invite to Trev’s dingy digs for Eid il-Fitr or any other non-Strayan celebration for that matter.

He might cull you or something.

Or maybe he’ll send you a message like this one

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Japanese football fans cheer with relief that they won’t be going to Trevor’s

Trev wasn’t the only one getting excited.

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That’d be a picture of some slapper in a dirty black sheet – probably one of PFFer Niqi Folkes’ new playmates getting ready to contaminate Woolworths at Marrickville yet again. Or maybe it’s Trev frocking up before some solo explorations.

Now for the REAL reason Woolworth’s Ramadan promotion is finishing and they are removing advertising and merchandising, as they do for other celebrations

Because the new crescent moon appears in Sydney on Friday 25th hence Ramadan finishes on or around Saturday 26th July 2014

Nothing to do with Niqi’s pathetic demonstration or any far right fail group writing comments. Or raddled hags in dirty bedsheets.

We know cos we check these things.

Debbie Stavro – “homosexuals who are feral with their sexual activities”

You do of course remember Victoria Police groupie and podium bigot Debbie Stavro.

This week in Victoria the focus is on the International AIDS Conference which brings together scientists and activists from all over the world who are on the front line of fighting this devastating disease.

However oblivious to this and having cleansed Victoria of “efnic crime” Debbie has now cast her gaze towards “teh_geis” as she demonstrates in the following conversation with a couple of Facebook posters:

 

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Then Debbie decides that one of the posters should be chewed over on the basis that he might or might not be an “efnic” not approved of by Debbie.

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Well actually Debbie he’s a Pastafarian from Gallifrey who will zap you in an instant with his noodly appendage.

Be afraid!

Do us all a favour Debbie. Catch up with the 21st Century.

Like Victoria Police and its Commissioner have done. Ken Lay is down there at the front of the police contingent in the annual Pride March held in February each year

 Protecting LGBTI people from homophobic bigots like Debbie

School for Scandal

You remember this story don’t you?

Christian college Principal Mark Bensley, apparently wearing a school blazer (what is THAT all about?) does not like women wearing hijab.

One hopes that universities seeking practicum placements for their teacher education students give his college a big MISS.

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However it seems Mark Bensley has some form on ignoring the real world. Check out this story from 2009.

 

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Corporal punishment was abolished in normal Queensland schools, public and independent,  in 1995, almost 20 years ago. This brought Queensland in line with all other Australian states and with best practice in managing schools and student behaviour.

Meanwhile along came Danny Nalliah’s Rising Gorge Rise Up Straya hate party (Groom Branch) to add their two bob’s worth of bigotry

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Well we’re not impressed with the Facebook poster’s attempts both at literacy and at his casting of a hate group as being one supporting women’s rights.

In fact the Christian Taliban in all its nasty manifestations has an abysmal record where women’s rights are concerned, going right back to that scriptural misogynist and homophobe Paul of Tarsus.

 

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Same sex marriage in Sydney – our commenter has probably said it all

Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson decided to get married. They were married at the British Consulate in Sydney.

Fraser and Stevenson during the ceremony at the UK consulate in Sydney. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

And a comment in The Guardian from a TAB supporter said it all

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If you’re upset by two men or women getting married, don’t go to a gay wedding. They probably won’t invite you anyway. If two men or women kissing,hugging,holding hands, etc etc, upsets you,don’t fucking look! Keep your head down and keep walking like the hate filled coward that you are

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Bendigo Councillor Elise Chapman’s Bigotry

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Councillor Elise Chapman claims that her opposition to a mosque in Bendigo isn’t on bigoted grounds, yet her comments on Twitter on 18th and 19th of June 2014 suggest that much of that opposition comes from a belief that Muslims are generally rapists and that the building of a mosque is a ‘concern’ because it may increase the likelihood of rape. Chapman’s comments also seem to suggest that Australians don’t rape women.

This is despite Australian statistics on rape stating that 87.7% of women who are raped know the perpetrator. Note: Muslims make up less than 3% of Australia’s population.

Rape is wrong. Suggesting that an entire culture of people are rapists is wrong. Suggesting that a person’s ethnicity dictates whether they will or will not rape is wrong.

Here’s some more about rape:

https://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/cody-weiland-and-his-rape-fantasies/

https://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/aussie-nate-fullerton-admits-to-raping-women/

https://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/is-your-hatred-based-on-lies/

https://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/peter-w-hill-and-threats-of-rape-its-in-my-dna/

https://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/anti-muslim-rally-draws-600000000-people-to-rozelle-nsw/

https://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/rape-culture-seeps-into-spectrums-cocktail-menu/

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Elise Chapman: standing up for what’s right.

 

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Tom Colquhoun’s trifecta of hate

Here’s some rool dinki-di Strayan hatred for you

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A bit of “casual racism”? Definitely nothing “casual” about this.

In addition to his hatred of Indigenous people  check out two groups Tom “likes”

“Izlam is shit” is an anti-Muslim hate group.

“Untold truth” is anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying and redolent with lurid conspiracy theories.

Here’s Tom Colquhoun

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