Watch this first
Racist at Station.
Now I’ve never been one to mix my words to make people less offended by my opinion – If you find yourself offended I have two things to say -
A – Lets discuss it, best way to solve conflict is to understand the motivations and opinions of all parties involved.
Still offended at not willing to offer rational critique?
B – Grow up, don’t read it if your not willing to be mature.
Now onto our racist friend in the video above.
While his ignorance is clearly his biggest issue, my largest concern is the attitude he represents. I’ve seen it on both sides of the racism sword and in both situations it has been the catalyst of damaging behavior.
“This is my land, you stole it” represents the views of many extremist Maori and Aboriginals.
“This is my land, go home” or “your not Australian” the view of many extremist white Australians.
Frankly the over the top national “pride” of some people in this country is sickening and I’m not just talking about white Australians.
What I find funny is until I’ve started talking, these people think I’m Australian, in actual fact I’m a Kiwi born and raised kid with a Lebanese mother from a family that migrated to Australia and a NZ European father. This guy and sadly others are convinced being an Australian is dependent on white skin alone.
If you live here, if you call this place home, you are Australian. If someone disagrees, they need to re-think what it means to be Australian – Like our friend in the video above.
People in our society should be free to do what they want in their own homes, Provided they don’t negatively impact people around them. But with the mix of culture we have in this country its bound to happen and in those situations its important we remember the knife has two sides and they are equally sharp.
This guys racism is built from media stereotypes, ignorance and a good diet of bigotry.
I fear more of these people are springing up in response to the riot in Sydney. When people wave signs saying Sharia law will dominate Australia its hard not to bite back, just as when people say “go back to your own country” its hard not to bite back. But if we keep biting each other we’ll all end up in a multi-generational bitch fight.
How do you think countries in the middle east became the way they did? Constant civil wars, military regimes, invasions, mass killings. Its peoples immature and irrational inability to live with people of different views. There is a militant arc of extremists within every sub-group of humanity, how in the hell do the majority, supposedly rational people, allow a few loud idiots to continue to lead us to self destruction. Humanity is its own worst enemy and if mother nature doesn’t bitch slap us into extinction we’ll do it ourselves.
Under the surface of every word I write is a tone of hate, sounds quite bad when i say it like that but I am well and truly fed up.
People are either to PC to actually combat the issue or they are so apathetic they take no notice and continue on their ignorant way.
I’m beginning to think I’m one of the few rational people left on this rock. How did this happen?
How did the middle class become so quiet, so uninterested?
How did we allow our news media to get to the state its in?
How did we sit by as our country’s government dissolved into a preschool sand-pit where insults and personal attacks are more important than policy.
How do we allow people to voice their opinions unchallenged?
Where is the debate? the public forum?
Where are the real issues, when can whats best for the country become more important than what will I get voted in for.
Now don’t you dare turn around and blame the media, the media is a mirror built from money and designed by advertisers to show you what you want to see.
This country cares more about Master Chef than political debate.
Big brother is more controversial than SOPA ACTA and PIPA most people in my second year Media degree didn’t know a single thing about them yet could all talk about Kristen Stewart big break up.
To put it frankly – everyday I wake up with less faith in humanity. Less and less faith each day.
STOP BEING SO APATHETIC, learn about your world, learn about its issues and start making changes to try and fix them,
I’m not always in the know about every issue but I try, and that’s all I’m calling for,
If we don’t stand up to this extremism it will consume the masses like a poison.
If we could all just accept the three following points the world might just have a future.
1 – Acceptance. People will always be different to each other, different views and opinions, its fine to disagree and even better to debate, just don’t force people to agree with you and accept it when they don’t, Don’t go out to deliberately hurt people with conflicting views to yours and take it with grace and maturity when people do.
2 – Care. Start giving a shit. Seriously, If you don’t take personal responsibility you will never get anywhere and only drag other down.
3- Be reasonable. give the benefit of the doubt and balance your needs with the needs of others. Stand up for an old lady on the bus, wave a thank-you when someone lets you in at an intersection and even more importantly remember your actions effect others.
If we could all just follow these points the individuals in our society who hold opinions like our friend in the video would slowly disappear.
Informative not spiteful,
Rational not reactive,
Calm not aggressive.
Now believe me I’m not one of those we can all be friends theirs no need for violence people and while everyone deserves a shot at redemption those who continue to behave badly deserve a firm slap to the face by a wall of sharpened lead. I shall leave you with this final example -
Lets say our friend from the video goes on air or write a blog about how all the immigrants should go home – should this guy be shot…No, should he be bombarded with logical and rational critique of his uninformed opinion…yes.
If he was to make a movie insulting the religious beliefs of others should we riot? No, take it on the chin, responding calmly to people’s insults makes your argument stronger and shows you are secure in your beliefs.
If he was to go out and actively hurt people based on race – we should lock him up, if he continues to do so we throw him in a hole and leave him their while i don’t believe in the death penalty I think their should be harsh prisons and no bail or parole for repeat violent offenders.
And that about sums up my energy for today.