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.

A shameful week to be a man

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June 18, 2013 – 8:11AM
Mostly I dig being a man. It’s awesome. And being a middle class white man? Holy crap. I don’t need to buy a lottery ticket because I won all the things just by turning up. But sometimes … I dunno. Sometimes I am ashamed to have a dick, and I’m not talking about that time I woke up in a crowded train carriage with a gigantic travel stiffy.

This last week, it’s been a shameful dick week.

I mean, what is it with you losers? Do you genuinely hate women? Or are you just too stupid to live and breed? I mean that literally. The gene pool would be better without you. Yes, Sattler, I’m looking at you. And your mate, Akerman. And that restaurant owner with the sub-moronic sense of humour. And the misogynist fools the Chief of the Army is talking to here. And that slobbering waste of human skin married to Nigella Lawson. And seemingly 95 per cent of the commuters on YouTube. And the army of dickless wonders stinking up Xbox Live. And the celebrated rapists of rugby league. And that soccer coach with the delightful Dark Ages twist on marital relations. And and and …

Well, you get my point.

Or you don’t, because you are a misogynist dickless wonder who thinks the last week is all just a feminazi PC plot, or even worse just a bit of fun, or just what everyone is saying anyway. That’d be you, Piers, that last one. At least Sattler had the nads and the lack of sense to front Gillard personally and destroy himself in an explosion of shameful stupidity. Your smarmy, weasel words on the ABC’s Insiders, basically gargling and spitting up Sattler’s word vomit all over again don’t even get the grudging Jackass points that his suicidal performance demanded.

Seriously. What is up with you people?

All of you.

Do you not have wives and daughters? Do you not love them and want the best for them? OK. Scratch that. In Saatchi’s case we already know the answer.

Maybe the way out of this strangely primitive cultural moment in which we find ourselves isn’t to talk to, or even consider the actions of the so-called men in question. Maybe it’s the rest of us have some ‘splaining to do.

Because the truth is the world is not solely populated by misogynists and homophobes and embittered, deeply stupid and potentially violent males. It’s also full of calmer, gentler, more intelligent and wiser men who know better than these fools and who are perfectly capable of standing them down. Men who want better for women because so many of the people they care most about in the world are women.

Where are these blokes when a man puts his hands around a woman’s neck and starts to squeeze? Where are they when some idiot demeans and disrespects a prime minister, not because of what she’s done, but because of what she is? Where are you guys? Because if you just stepped up and said no at the very moment that it’s happening, not later, but right then and there, some of this wretched dickishness might finally die out.

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Racist rant on Sydney bus. May 2013

Woman shouts abuse at a school boy on the M41 route from Burwood to Campsie on May 2, 2013.

The two school boys were standing on the aisle as they had some boxes with fragile equipment on the seat that they wanted to keep from falling over.

The rude woman started yelling abuse at them as she claimed that they were blocking her view.

The driver had to stop the public vehicle several times and walk to the back of the bus in an attempt to quieten down the woman who, encouraged by another female passenger, continued with the abuse the full trip.

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A man was captured on film abusing a middle-aged couple of Asian appearance on a Sydney bus, in another instance of racial abuse aboard public transport.

Another instance of racist abuse has reportedly been recorded on a Sydney bus.

A Caucasian man was captured on film abusing a middle-aged couple of Asian appearance, swearing at them and ranting about the Japanese bombing of Australia during World War II.

At one point the Asian man began apologising but it did not placate his abuser, who continued yelling, Fairfax Media reported.

The incident occured on the 470 bus from Circular Quay to Lilyfield in Sydney on Sunday evening.

A 30-year-old office worker of Chinese descent, Heidi, said she and another passenger told the man to get off the bus but were ignored. She then began filming the incident.

Heidi, who asked the Herald that her surname not be recorded, said no other passengers said anything.

“We didn’t receive any support from the other passengers,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Some told us to sit back down and be quiet and everyone just looked really blase.

No one did anything about it. In fact, two girls sitting next to me thought it was funny and burst into laughter.”

This is the latest in a string of videos to be posted, showing racial abuse on public transport.

Last year an attack on a French woman who was singing in French made headlines.

Two people abused the woman and made threats of violence against her.

Earlier this year, ABC Newsreader Jeremy Fernandez was racially abused on a Sydney bus in the presence of his daughter.

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And there’s more

‘What if that happened to my mother?’: Man who stood up to bus racism told to accept abuse

April 2, 2013 – 1:52PM
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Racist bus rant backlash

A second witness to a racist attack on a Sydney bus has come forward to say he was also targeted in the anti-Asian rant, and told by fellow passengers not to challenge his abuser.

Meanwhile the woman who used social media to publicise the attack has become the victim of further abuse online.

Yong Wang, a Chinese-Australian man, said he stood up on the 470 bus to Lilyfield on Easter Saturday to defend a middle-aged man and woman of Korean appearance who were being racially abused by a Caucasian man.

Racist rant … a screengrab of the video posted on YouTube.

Yet the man then turned on Mr Wang.

“He started to accuse the Korean lady in the video [for] not being able to speak English,” he said. “The lady’s son started to apologise and explain she is a tourist. Then he got worse.”

Another woman, who came forward yesterday and only wanted to be known as Heidi, backed Mr Wang’s intervention but said they didn’t receive any support from the other passengers, who either looked away, told them to sit down or laughed.

Mr Wang said people had told him not to argue with the man as he appeared drunk.

“I felt that I had to stand up when he called the lady disgusting because I just thought ‘what if that happened to my mother when she was visiting Australia?’,” Mr Wang said.

In the latter part of the rant, which Heidi caught on film, the Caucasian man yells at the Asian tourists about the Japanese bombing of Australia during World War II and calls them “f—ing bastards”.

Before the camera started rolling, the man yelled racist taunts such as, “Do you f—ing speak English?”, “Japanese c—s” and “why did you come to Australia?”, predominantly at the woman, said Heidi, a 30-year-old office worker of Chinese descent.

Since posting the video on YouTube and urging people to share it if it “upsets you”, Heidi has been subject to abuse and the YouTube page has been bombarded with racist, sexist and abusive comments.

Most of the 350 comments on the video attack the victims of the rant or those who stood up for them.

City Central police are contacting witnesses to ask if they would like to make a formal statement which would initiate an investigation into the incident.

A State Transit spokesman said CCTV footage and assistance would be provided to police if required.

Bus drivers can try to intervene to ask a passenger to leave a bus if an incident of anti-social behaviour occurs but they have no power to force a passenger off.

They can contact a supervisor via radio and organise for police to meet the bus, a spokesman said.

A leading racism researcher, Kevin Dunn, said the majority of bystanders will do nothing to intervene in a racist attack, usually because they don’t know what they should do.

He said witnesses could say something to the offender, film the incident or report it to an authority.

“In circumstances where people do speak up, the affirming effect on the victim can almost be so positive that it cancels out the effects of the racism,” he said.

The incident is the latest in a string of racist rants on public transport to be filmed or shared on social media.

In February, ABC newsreader Jeremy Fernandez tweeted about being called a “black c—” who should “go back to his country” by a female passenger on a Sydney bus. He was told by the bus driver to move seats but refused to.

In November last year, footage of a racist attack on a French woman on a Melbourne bus went viral after she was called a dog by male passengers, threatened with having her breasts cut off and told to “speak English or die”.

Ivan Tipp: Grumpy Old Man

Ivan Tipp is a pensioner who lives in Queensland, is a noisy “contributor” to social media, blogs and newspaper comments and a passionate advocate of identity politics – which as we have often pointed out is an infantile view of a mythologised past.

Ivan gets very angry sometimes and likes to share his anger with the rest of the country. He shows this by using LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation marks!! Australia take note!!

And we can find out lots about Ivan by reading his outpourings which span the gamut of social media.

1. Ivan likes to share his message by spamming this blog. Here we discover Ivan is misogynist with a particular hatred for Julia Gillard.

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2. On Facebook Ivan is an anti-Semite as well as misogynist.

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3. Ivan has a Twitter account where he likes to pose as a nuclear physicist and reveal his hatred of Julia Gillard and of people from the Middle East.

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4. Ivan has even set up a compendium of his wisdom on YouTube

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5. Ivan likes change.org because he gets to vent yet more spleen on useless Internet campaigns. Not sure what cancer has to do with his fervent desire to have sex with Tanya Plibersek and defame her husband.

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6. Ivan is a keen fan of feminine hygiene products as revealed on a blog.

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7. Muslims as well as Jews attract the ire of this truly patrootic Strayan. You can see how important this post is because it uses expletives as well as CAPITAL LETTERS.

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Another Racist, Homophobic, Womanising APP Lunatic? Enter Greg Deane

Meet Greg Deane, aka Grygor Dienski, aka Grag Dane. Almost effecting an oxymoron, he claims he is a member of both Mensa, and the Australian Protectionist Party:

Self proclaimed academic, he must surely go against the grain of the unwritten APP party platform, which is to hate University students and graduates based on their ‘lack of real world understanding and experience’.

He sure has a way with words, particularly when discussing Obama, Gillard and homosexuals. He also has a real charm when talking with females in general:

But don’t get him started on terrorism or the role Australia plays in accepting asylum seekers and refugees…

Yes, the torpedo theme runs deep in the embattled Australian Protectionist Party – a ‘party’ that can’t seem to agree with itself when it comes to publicly calling for the murder of those fleeing persecution

Greg Deane also believes that white genocide is happening in Australia, and that the federal government endorses drug addiction, pedophilia, rape and theft.

Huh?? What’s this crackpot ‘Rising Sun’ on about?

He shows nothing but kindness towards young girls. In fact, he’s got lots of them as friends, so it just goes to show that ‘Rising Sun’ is just talking crap. Sorry – please ignore that distraction from what this post is about.

He has many neo-Nazi, white nationalist friends and he lambasts multiculturalism and harmony while praising the White Australia Policy!

Oh well, he seems to know what he’s doing. In a magisterial kinda way.

Or not.

Breaking News: Young Anti-racist V Scumfront Monsters

“What made me want to make this video was a facebook status that was posted by an Australian girl, I was linked to it by a friend. This video features my pov and opinions on this issue. I believe that if there is more of a diverse representation of people in Australia in the media, racist opinions like that would reduce (not saying racism will go away completely), because we fear what/ who we do not know or understand.

I was tempted to link you all to the facebook status but I do not wish to cause this girl any emotional harm/ bullying. But I do hope that one day she/ and other like her change their stance and embrace our diverse nation.”

– Kimberley S

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Some time back, Australians against Racism and Discrimination, a Facebook anti-discrimination group, had the pleasure of featuring a video made by a young Chinese-Australian woman, Kimberley S.

The video was a response to the SBS three-part series Go Back to Where You Came From, and reinforces some of the points made in that series about the small number of refugees and asylum seekers taken by Australia compared to the numbers taken by other countries.

Soon after posting the video on YouTube, Kimberley started getting the predictable nauseous responses from the usual neo-Nazi white supremacist racist “patriotic” Strayans and other international lowlife with the usual insults which we won’t bore or distress Kimberley or other readers with.

Kimberley followed this video with another one, a response to a girl’s Facebook status.

In this video, Kimberley related the story of her own background and recorded her observations on racism in Australia from her perspective. She includes comments from well-known xenophobes and ends with a reminder that Australia is a multicultural nation, yet our media, particularly our commercial media, do not reflect this.

WARNING: DARRIN HODGES ALERT!

At this stage Kimberley had been forced to disable comments on her two videos and since the anonymous race warriors had not only seen fit to question her origins but had also distorted what she had presented:

She wrote:

Due to overwhelming racist, “white power” comments, I have made the comments approval only. I made a video response to the these comments specifically however one of the users edited the video to slander me – when I was quoting them (making it sound like it was my words via editing). Luckily it was taken down and in return I took my response video down in case it happened again
P.s Before you comment on my heritage when you know nothing about it. I am not from China. Only one of my parents are from China. My dad is actually from PNG my grand dad fought for Australia in the 2nd World War (yes, he was Asian) and when my dad was born, PNG was “owned” by Australia at the time. It wasn’t till I think after I was born in QLD (my parents already settled in what we called Australia, now) PNG got its independence back. I am not less Australian than you are. Migration has been going on for centuries so before messaging me and send me racist comments about “where I come from” or talking about my parents like you know them – I think you should stop and consider this.

Now it becomes truly bizarre, because Kimberley’s video has apparently somehow made its way over to foetid US-based neo-Nazi site Stormfront, known to us here as Scumfront (link not provided, we don’t want to encourage them). And its resident population of tiresome knuckle-dragging trog failures has risen briefly from their torpor to “critique” these videos in their own all-too-familiar fashion.

In the words of one of our members

Stormfront was established by a convicted terrorist, Don Black. It’s full of cry-babies who need to HTFU.

Under the laughably inaccurate heading “Asian attacking white australia!”, Scummy’s own intellectual pygmies exhaust their limited vocabularies and the resources of Spellcheck in an effort to…well we are not sure what. There are millions of videos on YouTube, hundreds of videos dealing with racism and anti-racism. Many of these videos name and shame. Many are right in their ugly faces.

Maybe they should listen to their last commenter “Power and Pride” (sic) when he says:

Seriously, this is a bit petty, some random chick on YouTube droaning (sic) on….

We suppose it’s too good opportunity for the boneheads to miss, doing what they do best – trying to bully a young woman for not being “like them”. Misquoting and distorting the truth.

Slow news week neo-Nazi white supremacist racist “patriots” so let’s pick on Asian women.

Tram passenger who hurled racist abuse arrested

Woman’s complaints about ethnic minorities living in UK filmed by fellow passenger on London tramlink route and put online
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guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 November 2011 19.32 GMT
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A screengrab showing a tram passenger making racist comments. She was later arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. Source: YouTube

A woman has been arrested for allegedly making racist comments to other passengers on a packed tram. The incident was filmed and posted online, prompting police to investigate.

The clip (which contains explicit comments some viewers may find offensive) had been viewed more than 124,000 times by Monday afternoon after being uploaded to YouTube on Sunday, and shows a woman with a child on her lap shouting abuse at passengers. The incident happened on the Croydon to Wimbledon tramlink. British Transport police said a 34-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

The video footage, which sparked a Twitter trend with the hashtag #MyTramExperience on Monday, shows a woman complaining about ethnic minorities living in Britain. She starts by saying: “What has this country come to? … with loads of black people and a load of fucking Polish. You ain’t English either. None of you are fucking English. Get back to your own fucking, d’you know what?

“Sort out your own countries. Don’t come and do mine. Britain is nothing now. Britain is fuck all.”

One of the passengers on the tram asks her to mind her language, saying: “There are little kids on the tram.” The woman points to the child on her lap and says “I’ve got a little kid here.”

Several other passengers complain about her use of language and racist comments, but the tirade carries on for more than two minutes.

Police launched an investigation after the video was brought to their attention on YouTube and Twitter. A spokesman said: “At present it is not entirely clear which tram stops the offence took place between and when it occurred.

“As a result, we need anyone who witnessed this incident, or with any information that could assist our investigation, to contact us.”

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