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".
They could be described as the 'odd couple' of federal politics. From different sides of the political spectrum, one of Greek heritage the other of British stock, together MPs Russell Broadbent and Maria Vamvakinou have fought to have the concept of multiculturalism accepted once again in Australia. They launched federal Parliament’s ‘Friends of Multiculturalism’ committee in 2007 during a time when the refugee debate had impacted on Australia’s support for multiculturalism.
Muslim groups have criticised the federal government for its lack of response to anti-Islam rallies held over the weekend. The nation-wide protests, held under the banner 'Reclaim Australia,' protested against "sharia law, halal tax and Islamisation." In some states the rallies became violent, going head-to-head with anti-racism groups.
I am African Australian. I am literally 'black' by name (my surname 'Lemoh' means 'black' in the Mende language of Sierra Leone). I am brown of face, but unlike some, I do not choose to identify primarily as Black in this country. To me, 'Black' in Australia has meant 'Aboriginal' - not in the racial sense, but in the political sense.
When the Black Lives Matter movement marched in the streets, holding up traffic, disrupting commerce, and refusing to allow "normal life" to resume—insofar as normalcy means a system that permits police and vigilantes to murder black men and women with impunity—white people found themselves in tense conversations online, with friends and in the media about privilege, white supremacy and racism. You could say white fragility was at an all-time high.
Back in 2013 when The Daily Show’s then reporter John Oliver came to Australia he remarked it was a “comfortably racist” place. No one seemed to disagree with his assessment. It seems we are comfortable with our casual racism. So much so that some of the biggest names in our media are happy to prove the point.
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.
The artist who designed the Aboriginal flag has condemned the use of the iconic red black and yellow in the racist Reclaim Australia rallies over the weekend, saying to use it as a “banner for anger” is “idiotic”. Hundreds of anti-Islam protestors, including former One Nation politician Pauline Hanson, mobilised in 16 cities over the weekend to “Reclaim Australia”, a national movement purportedly against Islamic extremism, halal certification and Sharia law.
Last week, nine British Muslims were arrested on the Syrian border as Nigel Farage tapped into his constituency’s unease about modern Britain. We need our leaders to respond to this unease with reason – and a positive vision
Seven years ago, 19 African-Australian men took Victoria Police to the Federal Court, alleging that police were targeting some people based on their appearance, rather than their actions. That is, so-called, racial profiling. The action eventually resulted in police admitting to racial profiling and announcing a three-year plan to tackle the problem. One of those measures includes an Australian first police receipt pilot program will be rolled out in parts of Melbourne today.
White privilege can be a tricky thing for people to wrap their heads around. If you've ever called out white privilege before, chances are you've heard responses like "But I'm didn't ask to be born white!" or "You're being reverse racist." The next time t
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