December 13, 2005

Cronulla

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:03 pm by Chris

I’m not going to try and write anything glib about the current
unpleasantness in Sydney’s southern beach suburbs — plenty of other
people are already there. I am going to take exception to the
slippery semantic slope in the media, that goes from “people of
middle eastern appearance” to “Muslim” without pause.

Bollocks.

A friend got the call to come down to Cronulla this weekend. Having
more than two brain cells, he ignored it, but the text of the message
was “Come and support leb and wog bashing day”. For those not familiar
with the Aussie vernacular, “leb” is short for Lebanese, probably
short-hand for all of the Middle East as I doubt most people who use the
term could find Lebanon on a map. “Wog” is a general term for people
of eastern European descent — mainly Greece and Italy. Not
necessarily Muslim, in other words. More to the point, the local
yobbos of the Shire have been beating up yobbos from elsewhere over
access to the beach since the 1970s. That this latest bout has a
racial overtone just meant it attracted snot-balls like the Patriotic
Yoof League or whatever they call themselves, who no doubt escalated
things.

There are other things at work, of course, the first of which is
undoubtedly alcohol. How many of the mob on Sunday were sober? I don’t
know whether it’s a cultural thing, the dubious contents of the beer
or the speed at which they drink it, but Aussies drinking get
aggressive very quickly. As a group, they seem to have a inordinately
high proportion of angry drunks. Heaven forbid that we should
acknowledge a national problem with attitudes to alcohol, of course.

Australian race relations are a joke. The “multiculturalism” policy is
all about assimilation, and always will be until white Australians are
willing to refer to themselves as such without sounding like
arseholes. In general they just call themselves Australians, with the
unspoken implication that everyone else must be some other form of
life — wog, leb, chink, abo. Yeah, think about that last one a little
harder, why don’t we… There isn’t an Australian equivalent to the
word pakeha. Meanwhile there are, at least in Sydney, many
ethnically distinct communities, some living in poor neighbourhoods,
with all the strife that goes along with that. Multicultural. Right.

Can I go home now?

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