Migrants for leaving Australia revisited
When Pauline Hanson last appeared on our television screens 18 odd years ago we spoke with her on talk back radio. Regular callers had voiced their fears about new migrants to Australia. The general mood was tense during the late night talk session. We decided to call in.
We told her that we are creating a movement for migrants to return to their respective countries. She replied nervously that she didn't want migrants like us to do that. She said words to the effect, "Scott, you are Australian, you may have been born in Iran but you've grown up here and you should be proud of that." She went on to tell the host that this is exactly what she is talking about and portraying herself as the champion of all Australians, us included.
A little background on #migrantsforleavingaustralia seems appropriate here. In our uni days we were inspired by a black movement in early 20th century America headed by the Honourable Marcus Garvey. In a nutshell, Marcus wanted to redirect black people's future away from the United States and the slave narrative made for them, and return them back to Liberia, Africa. He literally collected funds to purchase steamships for this purpose. Black people would travel back to Africa on his ships and invest in their own country which they
were removed from as slaves.
He was mocked for this movement and later arrested in 1923 for mail fraud relating to his shipping line. He denied and contested the charges as a politically motivated maneuver. He died in London and is a hero in Jamaica and Ghana for the pride and dignity he reclaimed for black people everywhere. He also was the inspiration for the civil rights movements of the 50s and 60s.
Fast forward to 2016. Due to the war on terror and the secret war against the jews (which will be expanded on in another blog) the migrants for leaving Australia movement can grow like the Occupy movement has, to free migrants from being scapegoated in the West. Returning to where you come from isn't such an ugly phrase. Next time someone uses it to demean you, instead of being hurt, thank them and shout out 'Viva Marcus Garvey'. Baffle and astound your opponents.
It is a bit of a utopianism to want to organise a leave movement because there are active measures in western countries to prevent migrants from leaving, like losing dual citizenship or generating a war in the homeland to make it impossible to return and stay, as we saw with what happened to Australian Lebanese families stuck in south Lebanon during the Israeli 33 day war in 2006. Their houses were bombed and many were stuck at the port. The Australian government arranged the return of roughy 25,000 people (the actual number could be higher) on airforce carriers and navy ships.
It's interesting how western regimes cannot stop themselves from playing the race card to distract the mainstream from their incompetent handling of social, economic and security concerns of their people.
If we catch Pauline on the radio again we will be sure to call in to remind her of our conversation all those years ago. Curious to know how she would feel about the movement now.