In recent times where we’re putting so much focus and energy on stamping out bullying within our school systems, making so much headway in prioritising the topic in our homes, in our political parties, then why is it that we’re so clueless to how we are constantly un-doing all our hard work?

Some of us adults are behaving worse than the kids that we’re pointing the finger at at school.

How on earth, can we expect to bang on about how awful and wrong it is to bully an individual at school, but then it’s become an absolute sport for some adults to single out a small group, or even individual who has done something wrong, and be so quick to highlight where their origins are from?

I’m sick to death of hearing people in the media and in the public, talk about a crime that has been committed, and then when it is known to be done by a group of identifiable non white citizens, it is highlighted with the greatest xenophobic whitewashing of all time,   which then becomes more the focus of the story than what the actual crime committed.

It goes on all the time that there’s no point even listing examples. You’re either someone that will pick up on the racism or you won’t.  In fact, even reading this column now will have these types frothing at the mouths with poisonous fear seeping out of their eyeballs.  Desperately wanting to smear the rest of us with their toxic rage.

I wonder also if you are the type I’ve heard lately who have so kindly mustered so much empathy for the American soldier that gunned down nine children, four men and three women on March 11.

How is it that a man that can kill innocent women and children, and no doubt innocent men as well (sadly innocent men are not presumed in these stories, in these regions)… how is it that so many people are now trying to imagine what lead this man to such a horrific act?

So many of us are so quick to racially condemn and bully so many of our newer Australians, yet because this white American ally,  presumably loses his mind and goes on a killing spree, so many people can find it within themselves to wonder what sort of stresses would make him snap like that?

‘From all accounts I hear he was always an exceptional soldier.  You can only imagine what must have snapped in his head?’ I heard today.

I don’t remember hearing in the last story about an isolated group of African teenagers committing a crime, I don’t remember hearing the line ‘I wonder what made them snap?’

Would we ever publically debate, what made an Afghani solider accused of killing our Australian or Americans snap?    No we’d just presume they’re the evil enemy with no history or stresses behind them.

Yet, tell me the last time you saw one even remotely beautiful, happy or peaceful image of their country?  Not exactly a pile of brochures at your local travel agent is there?

Even an ex Klu Klux Klan member, speaking at a school in Melbourne this week commented

“Almost every major town I’ve been to in Australia, there’s been some type of racism, white supremacy,” he said.  And he’s right!

And as Shakespeare said ‘the lady/ man, doth protest too much, methinks’, has come to mean that one can “insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what one is saying.”

We need to be careful of what we stand for in this country.  If we’re preaching one thing to our kids, then we should be flowing these values into our adult lives.

After all, if the kids see that the rules are only for a period of time, then how much is the message really expected to sink in? Don’t drink, smoke or be a bully until you of the legal age?  Is that what we’re about?

If so, then that’s the country we will be.  Perhaps, we already are?



  1. I see racism every single day, in the work place, at the bus stop, walking down any street. I am embarrassed and appalled by it and it makes me ashamed to be a ‘white Australian’. My greatest fear is that the everyday racists in our community are also influencing the next generation (their children). We should be embracing our wonderful multicultural country and remind ourselves that not just blonde haired white people are real Australians.
    Brillian column(again).

    • I agree, I see it EVERYWHERE, and hear it everywhere. It really makes me sick because it’s often from people who should know alot better. Although actually racism and bullying isn’t even a class based or intelligence based attitude…. I always thought that people that were either of these things, especially racist were just ignorant, stupid people but it’s amazing how educated some of these people are. it’s really just laziness and a lack of empathy. Sadly there are so many people in the world that haven’t got the capacity to have empathy or to imagine walking in another’s shoes. They expect respect and empathy for themselves and their families but don’t reciprocate it unless it comes in the package and colour of their choosing. Also most small minded people find it easiest to generalize the world as I suspect it’s much easier to process in their rather tiny brains…. Stop me now before I get angry….:)

  2. Amber, I just wanted to say good on ya for writing this and voicing this. I am sick and tired of hearing “friends” of mine whinge about migrants, only to say Yeah but you are white, when I point out I am a migrant. Racism and bitterness is rampant in Australia and getting worse. You only have to read the horrible dribble that some news forums host from “ordinairy Australians”. Shameful. Thank you for writing this article, it needed to be said, and more importantly, it needs to be addressed.

  3. je suis tout-à-fait d’accord et en France nous venons de vivre un événement similaire “le drame de Toulouse” orchestré par un français d’origine algérienne comme ils disent.
    Je pense qu’avant d’être un musulman c’est avant tout un jeune-homme totalement déséquilibré qui a commis un crime atroce.

    ce qui est agaçant, c’est qu’on le définit par sa religion et non par son individualité.

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