Originally posted by bkaust
I've noticed a lot of anger towards Indians & Africans (in our suburbs we have alot of new somali refugees) and people tend to be more racist to them
nowadays - as compared to when i was younger when i remember hearing racist jokes about mainly asian nations. Even now, some of the things that come
out of my grandparents mouths astound me. I won't say any of their 'sayings' as i think it would just anger people, but as a kid i never thought
i'd grow up to lecture my parents & grandparents on tolerance!
Well, the older Australians, on the whole, could be divided into two groups: those who mouthed off continually with loud racist sentiments and the
"nice" ones, who patronised everyone in the conceited belief that they were greatly superior and knew what was best for everyone else.
The latter group could pass as non-racists, but they were far more dangerous than the mouth-offers.
The funny thing was almost all Australian communities consisted of several nationalities living together, and mateship, in those days, over-rode
racism. It was like, "sure you guys are Wogs, but you're Our Wogs, so that's different." But then my growing up was in a succession of small
country towns, "the bush," as we call it. People fought fires, floods and famines together, and everyone went to the church picnics and local
dances, whatever their beliefs.
Although there is more violence now than before, I believe there is actually less racism. Children are growing up with a broader perception, and I
believe the internet has a lot to do with this. Parents, such as my ex, are being forced by their own children to take another look at the situation
and see where maltreatment of Aboriginals in particular has led to the situations Aussies like him complain about.
Gangs are happening all over the world, and of course we have a gang problem here too. However many of our gangs are composed of recent immigrants who
are fighting each other. A big problem with having so many refugees here is that they are bringing their old enmities with them. Many street battles
have been waged here between groups with hereditary disputes which have nothing to do with Australia.
Two of these groups with deep tensions dividing them are Hindus and Muslims from India. The Muslims feel they have been treated badly in India and
forced to leave because of discrimination against them in their homeland. (I'm not suggesting this is all of them.) Some of these are eager for
revenge against Indians here, particularly students, who tend to be from wealthier families and can't fight back. Terrible damage has been done in
India by each group to the other, so it's not surprising some immigrants can't just put it all behind them.
Australia, while wanting to keep accepting immigrants and students, (for selfish, economic reasons,) is left in a quandary. Clamping down on ethnic
groups could spark international charges of racism and even spark off more violence.
Currently our answer has been to try to avoid publicising any information on the racial identities of attackers, in order to cut down on revenge or
copycat incidents. It is better to have people mistakenly labelling Aussies en masse as racists, guilty of this violence, than to escalate the
violence by publicly pointing out the nationality of the culprits.
Just one example of inter-racial trouble which, surprisingly, was reported as such:
About 70 young men blocked off an intersection at Harris Park just after 8:00pm, demonstrating against what some claim is racially-motivated
attacks against Indian students perpetrated by members of the Lebanese community.
Some ethnic gangs in Australia:
THEY call themselves MBM - the Muslim Brotherhood Movement - a gang of 600 men who boast they are the toughest and best young street fighters
of Middle Eastern descent in Sydney. MBM claims to be the biggest of four new gangs to emerge on Sydney streets in the past year…
. . .
The emergence of MBM also coincides with the rise of two other urban Sydney gangs - the Parra Boyz or Asesinoz MC and Brothers For Life or BFL.
Police say BFL - with a logo featuring crossed machine-guns - is not dissimilar to MBM in its extremist views, but membership numbers are unknown.
Police describe Asesinoz, comprising teenagers of Middle Eastern decent, as “tough kids” who use the video-sharing website YouTube to promote
Islamic extremism and anti-Australian actions…
Its creation follows that of the Notorious bikie gang, comprising members of Middle Eastern and Pacific Islander extraction, more than a year ago
after a split in the membership of the Nomads motorcycle club.