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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

the sydney race riots...

I really don't want to lead into this any particular way, so I'll just thow it open to comments. And yes, I delete comments if I think they're crap. My blog. My privilege. Don't like the rules? Go say it on your own blog. What could be more democratic than that whilst at the same time safeguarding individuals rights. Perfection.

Ok, what have YOU got to say...

15 Comments:

Blogger Brownie said...

Hi Gerry, over at armagnacd you said "You might be right in saying that every race has its racists but that still doesn't make racism right or justifiable. Nor does it mean that most people in those races, provided they've been given good education, are racist. Quite the opposite is true.I'm shocked by your views, Brownie. And offended.1:07 PM

when I wrote it I was assuming that the media had blown the whole thing up to sell papers. I was NOT 'justifying' them at all. I was also thinking of the 'herd mentality' where a group will take out their own frustrations on whomever is handy. I have been jeered in public for simply looking different. more than once. and you are correct to connect the Cronulla brawlers to poor education. Most people are completely stupid. Vivien Solon shipped out - racism. Cornelia Rau locked up - racism. the nice demographic of Cronulla voted Liberal, endorsing the obscene saga of the Tampa refugees - racism. This country is racist. I am not 'in denial' as John Winston Howard is when he calls the incident 'UN-Australian'. It IS Australian, the 'Australia' that put him where he is.
Dear DioGerry - you are the last person I would want to offend, and you know that was not my intention.

December 13, 2005 6:25 PM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

My answer - my blog.

December 13, 2005 6:47 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Don't worry about offending me, Brownie. I'm the one that goes around being offensive whenever the mood takes me. And it takes me often enough...

I was being a tad theatrical for effect. "All the world's a stage..."

Thanks for the clarification.

I fear Howard's electoral fortunes have just gone up a significant amount. Am I paranoid or does all of this look orchestrated via the clever use of agents provocateur. This has played perfectly into Mach^H^H^H^H Howard's hands. The Rodent rides again I fear...

And also, in this climate it would be hard to try to organise peaceful protests on other issues because peaceful people would possibly not risk attending such protests for fear of them turning violent. Not to mention the police's enhanced powers. Looks grim for the protest movement at the moment.

And then there's the Iraq war. I think this further lurch to the right which has just occured will lessen opposition to the Iraq war and increase opposition to muslims being allowed to settle here.

As I said, this is a basket of gifts for Howard. I smell a rodent...

December 13, 2005 9:07 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

I think you're probably being paranoid with the 'clever use of agents provocateur' thought however the effect is still the same and your conclusion is probably spot on, 'Howard's electoral fortunes have just gone up'.

December 13, 2005 9:22 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

Am wondering why the local 'news'paper uses the words "of Middle Eastern appearance" in every second paragraph of the reports. Why not just call them hoons, thugs, criminals, rioters or whatever?

December 13, 2005 9:42 PM  
Blogger Link said...

No, no, no! I won't have it. The ALP MUST stick the boot into Howard big time about this. BTW where the hell are they on this issue? On bloody holidays that's where. Howard has turned this country into a fear monger's paradise. He has led us into this woeful trap, steered this ship of fools into a frenzy of hatred, violence, greed and misery. PRICK he's a prick. He is absolutely responsible.

Ah that's better. But I stand by my words. Howard at the helm has been very, very, bad news for the good onya mate Australian egalitarian, that both Lebs and Yobs know only too well or used to.

December 13, 2005 9:53 PM  
Blogger Davo said...

Link. The 'good onyer mate' egalitarianism is a fading breed, but some of us still remember.

December 13, 2005 10:03 PM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

my two cents [american] is to remark sadly on the profound disconnect between the world of those who hunt broadly for information and like it first person if they can get it vs the world of those who may only form their opinions from what they see on the ten o'clock news and what they hear at their local pub and street corner.

The only news of Australia I have heard from my local station in months was last night's rather disturbing footage of cops and a thuggish crowd beating up a few people alleged to be of middle eastern extraction [hard to tell from the film with a mass of bodies swarming around the action].

I don't assume I know all that much about what it is like to be a working stiff or a professional or a home maker or in any other walk of life in Australia but I know for damn certain that there are far more tolerant people on your sunny continent: I'm talkin' to 'em! When my daughter's bike bogged down in the monsoon mud half way along her "short cut" from Mt Isa to Alice Springs, the family at the nearest cattle station took her in quite graciously. I even get some of your jokes.

If all I knew was what I saw on TV, I'd be all worked up over what a bunch of biggots there are in Oz.

Even the poorest people presume they can still aford hatred. The images gave the impression of a youthful and not well employed crowd. Not as menacing as our skinheads but, to hear what they were shouting, nearly as primitive in their xenophobia as rural rednecks often are in the US. They presume so much more than they know.

December 14, 2005 6:03 AM  
Blogger A Christian Prophet said...

The Holy Spirit's message today on The Christian Prophet blog is that Muslims create a backlash against themselves by insisting on feeling separate and different.

December 14, 2005 6:36 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

GS, If all I knew was what I saw on TV, I'd be all worked up over what a bunch of biggots there are in Oz.

I think the news you saw captured it quite well.

Christian Prophet, your blatant blogspamming is not welcome here. Christ! Jesus should have taught you that the backlasher is responsible for the backlash.

What I mean by that, keeping in the context of this post, is that although a group of "Lebs" (notice I'm not claiming to know what religion they are) punched up three Bronzed Anzacs. That was bad. The "Lebs" were responsible for those actions.

The thousands of rampaging hoodlums in a murderous mood were responsible for whateveri it is they did. Blaming the other side is now a Christian teaching? Whatever happened to Jesus's Sermon On The Mount. Has this been removed from your Bible?

F*ck, what sort of a prophet are you anyway...

December 14, 2005 9:13 AM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

From my history I remember Lebanon as one of the most tolerant countries in the Middle East. Christians, Jews and Muslims lived well together until the civil war in the sixties.

December 14, 2005 1:14 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Yes, YahTeh, and how did that civil war start? And you wonder why the Muslim Lebanese now hate the Christians and the Jews, the American and the Israelis, and why when our military is in Iraq helping to install an American puppet government do you think that helps the "assimilate" here?

People can be driven nuts by being brutalised and victimised for a long time, and the Arab world has been shafted by the West for the last 90 years at least.

No doubt this new Fascist Regime we've now got will re-write history as it goes along. Grrrrrr...

December 14, 2005 4:28 PM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

There is a large Sudanese community near me and they are lovely people. They're glad to be away from war and happy for their kids to be raised without worrying about a bullet between the eyes. This is what this country should be about, a haven for children no matter what colour or religion. I wish it was as simple as I make it out.

December 14, 2005 6:10 PM  
Blogger Brownie said...

jahteh knows that Beirut was a sophisticated romantic beautiful stylish city BEFORE the war started there.
I was going to say 'like Paris' until I remembered that Paris has not been the same since the riots either.
The water supply everywhere needs lithium in it to stop people fighting.
Peace & Love...

December 14, 2005 7:08 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

"...whether or not it is clear to you,
Howard's Australia is unfolding exactly as it should." A quote from Desperata.

December 14, 2005 7:46 PM  

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