Monday, December 12, 2005
Racism rears its ugly head
"us and them"
politics of fear
I am so digusted.
This morning I went to a primary school for their assembly, they sang the national anthem and I reflected on the words of this most patriotic of Australian songs.
Perhaps the problem is that most people have forgotten the second verse which says
"For those who've come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share, with courage let us all combine, to advance Australia fair."
Racism and an us and them mentality should have no place in our country.
When are the media and certain politicians going to take responsibility for the inherently racist statements they have been spreading over the last 5 years and beyond.
Blame the Muslims (alot of Lebanese, the people targetted in Cronulla, are Christians).
Blame the immigrants.
Blame a social group.
When are we going to blame 'white' Australia?
When are we going to blame the Australia that divides rather than accepts.
Multiculturalism is inherently flawed.
It says I will practice my culture and you will practice yours and we will be happy together.
It is divisive rather than unifying.
I am not saying that people shouldn't be able to live out their own cultural identity, far from it.
However multiculturalism, which divides people based on culture is not healthy and the stupidity in Cronulla is the fruit of that.
Signs like "Free Sausages (No Tabouli)" highlight this flaw.
Sausage = Australian, Tabouli = Lebanese
This is never going to stop until we bridge the divide between cultures and social groups in our country and our world.
When was the last time you sat down for a meal with someone of a different ethnic group to yourself?
When was the last time you went to a cultural event put on by a 'migrant' culture? (remembering we have all migrated here)
Time for me to make up a sign for the front of my house.
"Racists not welcome"