Open Letter to Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner

@timsout @nswpolice #auspol #ausnews

Dear Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission,

It was truly excellent to see you denouncing the racist buffoon Sue Wilkins Karen Bailey for her racist and child-abusive rant on a Sydney to Newcastle train last week. I mean, that’s pretty much what the majority of your job is, right? It’s up to you to hold a light to racism in our society when and where you see it and speak to the public about why it is unacceptable. Maybe change a few minds, educate a few dopes? It was also inspiring to see the NSW Police act so quickly to find the woman and have her charged. They even prepared statements to address media outlets.

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So why the continued silence regarding online discrimination?

From Nazis and white supremacists to homophobes and sexists, from rape enthusiasts and disability abusers to anti-immigration nut jobs, the Internet is rife with discrimination produced in Australia by Australians who are happy to give their name, location, employment status and photo to their comments. We’ve been immortalising the comments on our website for years. Yet it takes a 50 year old dunce on a train to say the word ‘gook’ and everyone just loses their shit.

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So where are you? Where are the State and Federal Police? Nowhere to be seen. It’s depressing to say the very least. Our Race Discrimination Commissioner is absent and our authorities lack interest and power.

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So the old biddy has said her apologies under the pseudonym of Sue Wilkins and everybody is breathing a sigh of relief. Thank goodness we got through that, right?

Wrong.

These opinions exist in our society. It’s a fucking plague. These opinions are validated by oxygen thieves like Scott Morrison, Cory Bernardi, Tony Abbott and their bumbling supporter MPs sidekicks and accompanying Murdoch led media circus. These hate-filled discriminatory opinions bubble to the surface on public trains and buses regularly but even more regularly online and nobody appears to give two shits either way.

How can people expect to feel as though they are safe in this country if their sexual orientation, physical ability, country of origin or religion are the focus and target of so much anger and hatred? Who is there to help people who read this shit online? Who is there to help the people who are the victims or onlookers to vile discrimination? I’ve interviewed anonymous police officers several times and have been told regularly that police will not bother charging a person unless they’ve physically abused someone. The Telecommunications Act lacks teeth and it lacks officers who are willing to go after these people.

Here are some screenshots that were taken today. They are from a Facebook group set up to oppose a mosque being built in Kalgoorlie. I’m sure if you ask them on Today Tonight they’ll tell you that their opposition exists because of ‘parking and traffic concerns’ or some other bullshit. But it’s what’s simmering underneath and boiling to the surface of social media that is the all too common truth. Australia is a fucking racist country. End of story.

Do something about it Tim.

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Stuart Forrest Makes Public Death Threats – Please Help to Inform Authorities

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This is a warning to Muslims living in Adelaide. Stuart Forrest posted these comments to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Facebook page as well as his own private but publicly viewable Facebook page.

If these comments concern you in any way please do not hesitate to contact Adelaide Police Station:

60 Wakefield St  Adelaide SA 5000

(08) 8172 5000

http://www.police.sa.gov.au/sapol/contact_us/find_your_local_police_station.jsp

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Stuart’s comments first aired on our website here: https://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/run-for-refugees-and-the-trolls-who-tried-to-ruin-it/

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has confirmed that the comments were made on their Facebook page, publicly viewable by at least 16,000 followers.

Stuart then made the following threats to a female administrator of our website:

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Australian Shame: Death threats after racists exposed

Australian Shame is a Facebook page set up by Aboriginal people in the Kimberley to expose racism against Indigenous people in their own community as well as in the wider Australian community.

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The introduction states

It hurts to think you could be living in a predominantly racist country … but when you come across this kind of material enough it’s hard to think otherwise. Are the majority of us Aussies just ignorant bogans? For an educated 1st class country you would expect more understanding … or at least the patience to ask why things happen in the first place.If you can’t say things proudly to everyone then they shouldn’t be said to begin with!

Sentiments with which most normal Australians would agree.

However recently local TV station GWN 7 featured this story

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This blog is more than familiar with death threats from members of hate groups, both via Facebook and via comments and e mails to the blog authors. It seems that the notion of white entitlement has not gone away. We wonder just what the bogots have been deprived of and what they think they should be getting.