Denial of racism and its implication for location action (Jacqueline Nelson, University of Western Sydney, 2013)
Denial of racism and its implication for location action (Jacqueline Nelson, University of Western Sydney, 2013)
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Once upon a time, the offspring of a Russian immigrant yearned to stamp his presence on the Australian landscape.
The resulting impact could be likened to the thud a parasite-ravaged dead autumn leaf makes as it plops to the ground.
Nicholas Hunter Folkes started his relentless quest for Führerdom with the Australian Protectionist Party, founded by former Nazi Darrin Hodges.
Seeking some sort of respectability and by now enamoured of Dutch far right politician and Muslimhater Pursuivant Geert Wilders, Niqi (named for his favourite piece of women’s clothing) and his ragged band of disciples then split from the APP and founded the Party for Freedom, named after Gertie’s little lot in the Netherlands.
Far right self-styled “white nationalists” are universally dim bulbs at best but even Niqi seems to have realised that going hard on Muslims might be not the way to go at the moment, given the sad fates of fellow Muslim haters and white supremacists Nathan Abela and ADF KP veteran Ralph “Sad Sack” Cerminara , both of the ADL.
To date to the best of our knowledge Niqi has not yet been charged with anything but there is always a first time.
You don’t have to look very far to see that Niqi has a long history of Chinese-hate. On the other hand he has stated on several occasions his preferred Australian is something called an “Anglo-Celtic”.
Since Niqi is neither Anglo nor Celtic we find that rather puzzling.
So Niqi and his faithful body servant Radka Smith (AKA “Ozzie Possum”) along with a scattering of really weird people are taking on the supposed fiscal might of the PRC and the billions of Chinese poised to invade the Great Golden Mountain and steal all our McMansions.
Now the way in which you’d expect the pffs to conduct their research would be to do drive-bys of auctions and open houses and count the number of Asian faces they see then extrapolate that into a tsunami of fear and loathing against the Chinese. We’ve seen them do that sort of “research” before with other minorities and it lets the pffs pretend they are normal people with amazeballs knowledge of demography and economics.
There are 1.5 million people of East Asian descent living in Australia. The forebears of some of those families have lived here longer than Niqi’s family. However contrary to the pffs’ delusions they are not all Chinese.
The largest group of East Asians are people of Chinese descent, and they range from new arrivals to second, third and fourth generation Australians.
The next largest East Asian group is Filipinos. Filipinos have lived in Australia since the beginning of the 20th Century. The smallest group is the Tibetans, most of whom are refugees.
However as you can expect pffs cannot tell the difference between Chinese and all the other East Asian people who live here. It’s a bit like assuming all Europeans are the same, or all Africans. It’s called prejudice.
So if an East Asian family or (shock horror) a mixed couple fronts up to an auction or open house, the pffs scramble back to their sewers and declare that Straya is being invaded by Chinese.
Actually an Opera House done up as a Chinese flag would be cool for the Vivid Festival. Tourists would love it.
According to FIRB data, the dollar value of real estate investment approvals by country last financial year looked like this:
Hong Kong $1,279m
South Korea $1,083m
And that esteemed body the Reserve Bank notes in its report that:
The available data, while incomplete, suggest that for much of the past decade or so approvals granted for foreign investment in the residential sector have remained around 5–10 per cent of the value of dwelling turnover in Australia, and perhaps half that share of the total number of dwellings turned over. The actual level of foreign purchases of dwellings has been significantly lower. Foreign purchases appear to be most concentrated in new rather than established dwellings,in higher- rather than lower-priced dwellings, in medium- and high-density dwellings rather than detached dwellings, and in inner-city areas of Sydney and Melbourne rather than other locations
And this article tells us the following:
Blaming foreigners for astronomical prices is nothing but a scapegoat for the policies enacted by government on behalf of bankers and landowners that makes housing unaffordable. Those who are discontented with the current states of affairs should focus their attention on our own government rather than searching for foreign influences.
Add to that the universal tendency of the residential property market and developers to talk up their offerings, to oversell and to bully councils and communities into accepting unsustainable developments and you have the reasons why housing costs so much.
Maybe Niqi with his cosy perch in one of the wealthiest suburbs in Sydney with at least one property in Rozelle does not get that.
May 26, 2015 – 4:35PM
A commuter was assaulted after he stood up for three Muslim women who were subject to a vile racial and bigoted attack on a packed Melbourne train.
Jason Cias, 36, was travelling home from work in the city on the Craigieburn-bound train on Friday, May 15, when he saw two tradesmen vilifying three women – one older and two who appeared to be in their 20s – who were wearing headscarves.
The train had pulled out of Melbourne Central station about 3.15pm when the unprovoked abuse began after one of the younger women sat next to the tradesmen.
An image taken by a passenger on the train. Photo: Supplied
“One of them made reference to her headscarf, saying ‘You shouldn’t be wearing that shit in Australia’,” Mr Cias said.
Mr Cias said the young woman tried to put the men in their place, asking them what their problem was, and it sparked a heated exchange.
He said the older of the women appeared to try to calm the situation in Arabic, which was met with yet another barb from the men.
“The comment was, ‘You shouldn’t be speaking that shit in Australia’,” Mr Cias said.
The women got off the train at North Melbourne and it was when one of the men called after them ‘I’ll f—ing smash ya’ that Mr Cias stepped in.
“I said to the guy, ‘Mate, they’re women’. The implication there was you don’t threaten people, particularly women,” he said.
Mr Cias said he was told to mind his own business before one of the men stood over him and punched him to his left cheek.
“Even though the guy stood up and was acting aggressively, I didn’t expect to get punched. After that I walked towards him and grabbed his collar and held him at arm’s length and told him I would be laying charges,” he said.
The men moved to another carriage when another commuter intervened and separated them. Mr Cias got off the train at Kensington with two witnesses, including Katie Parker, 28, who captured part of the assault on video and rang police.
“It was awful to witness that sort of violence in the middle of the day … Jason just said one sentence calmly and he [the attacker] was really aggressive at the drop of a hat for no logical reason,” Ms Parker said.
Police met Mr Cias and the witnesses near Kensington station, taking statements and copies of the video and images of the offenders.
Mr Cias, who suffered bruising and swelling but no long-term injuries, said he would change only one thing about what he did.
“I would have liked to have said something earlier. That’s probably my only thing … but I certainly wouldn’t change what I did, I don’t agree with that behaviour,” he said.
“Whether it’s Islamic women or whoever, it’s just not right they can abuse people like that. No one should be doing that to anyone regardless of race or gender or religious creed.”
Flemington police are investigating the racial abuse and the assault and urged anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
It must be hard to chalk up around 40 years of political failure but Dr Jim Saleam’s Australia First (not to be confused with an ADL splinter sect of the same name which seems to consist of one member with a florid set of brain cells) has under a variety of names managed to crown its long litany of flops with their latest contribution to race hate in Sydney.
The Aboriginal Tent Embassy recently posted this status on Facebook
It didn’t take long to track down the source of this latest bout of racism. We won’t link to Jimmy’s toxic site, we don’t want to encourage them, but a few samples should be enough.
And we have to laugh at any notion that Austraya Fail Party actually has suddenly changed its odorous white supremacist socks to support Indigenous people. In nutzi ranks, all non-white people are inferior.
Here is the other image
And this laugh-worthy ponderous statement from the Führer of Fail himself.
Australia First Party would work with or support as we can any Aboriginal group that defended its own people against this type of injustice.
Amazing how the far right always get it so wrong
So if you want to find the real foreign property grabbers, just head across the Pacific to the rich guys, hedge funds and other players from the US.
Early this evening on a Brisbane train a man was filmed racially abusing a security guard.
The security guard had apparently requested that the man remove his feet from the opposite seat. The man then started abusing the guard.
The man has allegedly been identified as Kader Boumzar.
More on this breaking news later.
And congratulations genius Craig for leaving your name and phone number on the ad so the whole world now knows you are a knob
Guest post from Dameyon Bonson
The founder of LGBTI Indigenous Australian social network Black Rainbow, Dameyon Bonson, pens his thoughts on the lack of solid mental health data available among LGBTI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
QUITE tragically, as you are reading these first few words there is a high probability somebody will attempt to end their life by suicide. There is even a higher probability that that somebody is part of the LGBTI community, particularly if they are at the point of self-realisation and disclosure. If that person is an Indigenous Australian, the probability amplifies yet again.
How do I know this? Because that’s what the evidence suggests. LGBTI people are said to have the highest rates of self-harm and suicide of any population in Australia. Same-sex attracted Australians are said to exhibit up to 14-times-higher rates of suicide attempts than their heterosexual peers. Yet, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 996 suicides reported across Australia between 2001 and 2010 among Indigenous peoples. We are told that 1.6 per cent of all Australians die by suicide but for Indigenous peoples, this rate is more than 4.2 per cent, or one in every 24.
As mentioned, the evidence only suggests this because we are coalescing the data from two different groups and hypothesising the maths. In other words we aren’t really sure.
However, when we aggregate the data for the Kimberley region and take one particular town during 2012, there were 40 young people who died by suicide. That’s nearly 100 times the national average. Now, I’m not suggesting that these young people were members of the LGBTI community. However, when the social determinants affecting Aboriginal people are seen as a causation of suicidality, the question does have to be asked, what is the amplified risk if they are LGBTI?
To explore what happens when the Indigenous and LGBTI world comes together, intersectionality theory is a way of understanding and uncovering any potential health inequalities. It is also a great way to highlight those previously unknown, caused by a kaleidoscope of social inequalities, whether it be race, gender, class, and/or sexuality.
For the LGBTI community, homophobia, either perceived or actual, is a precursor to one’s level of psychological distress. And if, as suggested, same-sex attracted Australians are up to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, then homophobia, transphobia, cisgenderism, biphobia, sexism, and hetereosexist behaviours play a big part in how well someone lives, and someone dying.
For Indigenous Australians, other factors are at play and overlaid. These include racism, social location, socioeconomic disparities and intergenerational trauma. The psychological distress caused by these determinants can lead to complex mental health and drug and alcohol issues, such as manifestations of violence toward oneself (self-harm) or others: domestic, family and lateral violence.
So I have raised and discussed the issues and attempted to converse about the tragedy of suicide in the least sensational or emotive way. So where to from here? I’d like to know, because I don’t have the answers. However, I do have some starting points. First, I’m going go start by sharing with you a quote. A quote that is often referred to as the Lila Watson quote: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
Participating with the view of being part of the liberation of Indigenous people is the single most overlooked and fundamental principle of genuinely inclusive work. Being part of the liberation is also knowing when you are required and a good indication of that is when you have been asked. Don’t let an over-zealous sense of entitlement to charity or benevolence be your motivation. Also pay attention to the research. Cultural continuity is a protective factor to suicide.
The great Writing Themselves In series, Growing Up Queer report and the current research by Dr Delaney Skerritt provides opportunity for us, as Indigenous researchers and members of the Indigenous LGBTI community, to come up with strengthening solutions. The time is ripe for those who are willing to come on this journey with us, to support us and share your resources with us. I personally believe that the issues facing the Indigenous LGBTI community, once identified and workshopped to discover actions to respond, can be added as an amendment or appendant to national strategies and health plans. Structures already exist for us to coexist within. And if the collaborative work is underpinned by liberation, an enhanced sense of reconciliation can truly happen within the LGBTI community.
Dameyon Bonson is an Indigenous researcher and consultant, mental health researcher and convenor of Black Rainbow Australia. Follow him on Twitter: @db_1974
Support is available for anyone who may need it. Phone Qlife 1800 184 527, Lifeline 13 11 14 or beyondblue 1300 22 4636.
**This article first appeared in the August issue of the Star Observer.
Sadly despite the successful apprehension and prosecution of racist abusers and the increased willingness of normal members of the public to make a stand against these abusers we still get stories like these surfacing.
Unfortunately both stories are from Perth this time. Curiously too, the attacks were both from people from ethnic minorities.
The first involves a series of unhinged racist tweets made to West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui by Vinh Nguyen.
The second was a train ranter who targeted a young Asian woman
The quote in the title comes from an irate commenter and neatly summarises the depths to which the gutter press will go to when they are trying to get an outcome for its owner. Strictly speaking, Islam is a religion not an ethnicity but Islamophobia has the same roots as does anti-Semitism and the language and iconography are the same. So is the underlying racism which fuels the bigotry.
Why most people would normally be interested in a piece about an obscure Sydney suburb that states the bleeding obvious as in “Muslims live in this suburb” is hard to fathom until you factor in the following:
We look forward to the following headlines from Tim Blair
Catholics take over historic building!
Jewish businesses set up in Bondi!
Hillsong invades New York!
SDA products take over supermarket!
But it won’t happen will it…
Meanwhile here’s some sample tweets reacting to the bilge.
Read some more from Antoinette here if you can get past the paywall.
And some useful contacts for making a complaint