Wednesday, September 15, 2004

I'm not a racist...

When someone repeatidly has to answer allegations of being a racist, it is a pretty good sign that they are bigotted.
Today, Andrew Bolt declared "I hate being thought racist or Islamophobic" but the simple reality is, if he stopped writing this kind of crap maybe he wouldn't be accused of being a bigot so much.
So what is Bolt's column about. An un-named colleague visiting an un-named school with lots of arabs and turks behaving badly, and studying arabic.
There were people "of Middle Eastern appearance" bringing down society and forming ghettos.
Stuff it, I might write a story about people "of anglo appearnce" behaving in an anti-social way at Catholic schools. These students would be from white ghettos in middle-suburban melbourne. I'd blame their religion for all societies ills, but confidently declare "In the end, I suspect, we will discover that discipline, rigor, a little prudishness and an optimistic belief in Australia and a respect for its rituals were not so stupid, after all." Yes it is stupid but Bolt seems to get away with it.

Bolt is now in line for the "Stormfront Journalism Award" for columns loved by racist organisations. How long before One Nation put Bolt's latest effort up on their website?

No doubt he will continue this theme during the campaign and declare Labor/Greens/Dems are responsible for all societies ills and the Libs can save us from the dreaded multiculturalists.


At 11:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you read newspapers, Iain?

In the past 12 months, I can think of newspaper stories about private school students from some of Melbourne's whiter-than-white elite schools getting tangled up in violent brawls at parties and revelations that girls at a Catholic school were trading sex acts for cash.

Far be it for me to defend a right-wing fuck-knuckle like Bolt, but you really need to do some research before you spout any more shit on this woefully inadequate blogspot journalism review.

The Hack.

At 11:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


* the word is repeatedly, not "repeatidly".
* the first sentence in your third par needs a question mark. Question marks look like this: "?"
* Anglo takes a cap.
* "all societies ills" should read all society's ills. The sentence requires a possessive apostrophe.

Apart from all that, and my earlier comment, that was a top post, Iain. Great work.

The Hack.

At 11:36 pm, Blogger HackWatch2004 said...

Thanks again for the grammar lessons Hack, but when nice white boys get tangled up in violence they are not racially profiled and their religious leaders are not called in to solve the problem. Haven't seen many stories about "Anglo" gangs lately. Bit of a double standard don't you think?

At 8:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are probably not "racially profiled", as you put it, because rightly or wrongly, Anglo folks are seen as the majority and members of minority groups stand out more.

I'm not saying that it's right. But that is the way it is.

In any event, I have offered examples where white kids are criticised for their behavior and are identified on religious grounds because of the schools they come from.

And their school communities were certainly called on to solve the problem. Very publicly.

At 10:47 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But the term "of Middle Eastern appearance" is so amazingly problematic.
I have a friend who is "of Middle Eastern appearnce" despite the fact his parents have blue eyes and blond hair.
Many Italians, Spaniards, Isrealis, and people from the (ex) Balkan states are "of Middle Eastern appearance" too.
What about people from the middle east who have lived all their lives in Australia? does their "middle eastern appearance" have more to do with their activities than the social environment in Australia?
The term also pushes the idea that there is a homogenous culture in the Middle East, and is often interchanged with the word "Muslim" by many columnists. A big generalisation.
Essentially it is a lazy term used to promote religious intolerance in opinion pieces or to cover a journos lack of knowledge of the Middle East.
I do believe it is highly acceptable term if there are suspects still at large.

At 12:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Bolt wonders why people accuse him of being a racist.


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