Thursday, February 19, 2009

White Australia Policy: Still In Effect

This makes me sick. Casual violence, racially motivated or otherwise, is apparently now so ingrained and socially tolerable to the police that they are advising International students from India who are studying in Australia to stop communicating in their native language.

Inspector Scott Mahony, of Brimbank police, said it was crucial to stop Indian students becoming victims and address their mistrust of police.

"They need to make sure they walk through a well-lit route, even if it might be longer, and they are not openly displaying signs of wealth with iPods and phones, and not talking loudly in their native language," Inspector Mahony said.

That's fucked up. Be loud, be proud. Maybe looking at the social root cause of the casual violence, rather than applying some bullshit band-aid that encourages folks to deny who they are, would be a better approach.

No comments: