African youth are today’s Lebanese, who were last week’s Vietnamese, who were…
I had always thought that the Cronulla riots were about cashed-up looking racists with the blessing of bigoted radio hosts holding an ugly hate-fest against youths “of Middle Eastern appearance”, but apparently I had that wrong. Oh well. Thank God that wiser heads than mine have learned the lesson of that shameful event.
As reported in today’s Age, Sudanese and Somali-born Victorians are five times more likely to commit crimes than the wider community. “We’ve got to fix this now and make sure it doesn’t continue, so the kids who are now 10 years old aren’t in this offender bracket in five years’ time. So we don’t get the Cronullas happening,” Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright said.
What the? If African youth don’t get their act together, a mob of white racists are going to take it into their heads to hold a hate-rally against their community? I am neither African, nor (alas) youthful, but this article has left me feeling marginalised and disaffected. In fact, I think I’ll go out right now and start a riot. It shouldn’t be too hard. I’ll just go out and be brown-skinned in public and wait for the racist lynch-mob to turn up.
That’ll show ‘em.
Update: A powerful and measured response to the same article and to the issue of racialised policing and reporting from a young Australian of African descent on the Imara blog, here. Thanks to Anna Hallafoff for drawing it to my attention.