We can debate the booing of Adam Goodes till the cows come home, but it doesn’t really get us anywhere. So in the interests of moving forward, how about we negotiate a deal. Racists, you can boo Adam Goodes all you want, and pretend it’s not racist. The rest of the nation: We'll continue to call it what it is. Racist. And in the meantime, maybe the AFL can pull its finger out and actually do something practical to address the problem.
Controversial British columnist Katie Hopkins has been reported to police for allegedly inciting racial hatred in an article applauding Australia for threatening asylum seekers "with violence until they bugger off".
This week in Australian politics began with calls on the Abbott Government to prioritise Christian refugees over Muslim refugees fleeing the slaughter in Syria. It was an Islamophobic principle embraced with enthusiasm by the Commonwealth, who announced on Wednesday that it would extend 12,000 places for Syrians, with priority to be given to ‘persecuted minorities’. That’s ‘dog whistle’ for ‘not Muslims’.
Dr Cornel West is a United States philosopher, academic, activist, author and public intellectual. Or, as he puts it, a blues man in the life of the mind, a jazz man in the world of ideas. A civil rights activist, Dr West was recently arrested at the Ferguson, Missouri, protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black man -- one of several of late in the US. He's now setting out on a lecture tour of Australia and he's told Ron Sutton about it.
In particular, the primary and secondary education sectors are a minefield of homophobic and transphobic law, institutional practice and everyday discrimination. In this, LGBTQI people are the collateral damage of the neoliberal push towards privatisation.
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