Swastikas and a phrase claiming white superiority to non whites were found drawn all over Bondi Beach today. My immediate thought was that this is a message to Jewish residents in the area. If you aren't familiar with Sydney's demography, Bondi and the surrounding eastern suburbs of Sydney are home to a long established Jewish community with schools and synagogues throughout the area. In 2013 there was a violent attack against a Jewish family at Bondi Beach which is why I feel this is predominantly a local threat again against the Jewish community there. That said, I also feel that this is one example in a string of incidents and grievances some people have against minorities.
People like Andrew Bolt, Cory Bernardi and now Pauline Hanson speak for these people and voice their concerns. At first I was truly baffled by the kinds of things I was hearing these people say about Aborigines, Sudanese, Indians, Asians and last but not least Muslims. I'm sure there are others but these are the main minorities popping up in their newspapers, radio broadcasts, television programs and social media tirades. So what are they saying? Where do I start?
It never ends; whether it's that their freedom of speech is being taken from them or political correctness forced on them, there is always something that my existence as a minority in Australia causes such distress for some people. And you know something, I tried to put myself in their shoes to see if I could better understand. Would I be happier if, hypothetically speaking, all minorities left the country? Maybe I would. Yes, maybe that would give me relief from this sense of being overrun by minorities.
The irony in all this is the notion that minorities are a threat to the mainstream's freedoms. Are we really? A minority lacks influence, numbers and any kind of real power; that's what makes it a minority. I have no inclination to secretly and very gradually reconstitute this country under sharia law and force everyone to respect Islam - but this is what some people genuinely fear that this particular minority will do. They also think that the Chinese are covertly buying up Australia's infrastructure and land as part of a long term plot to invade. So how do we approach such notions?
We all know that bad Muslims exist, as do bad Chinese and Aborigines, as do bad Anglo Saxons; but it's how much focus we put on the bad in each. Statistically, minority groups are easy targets as scapegoats for badness in the overall. Why scapegoat the few?
Minorities serve a crucial role in western countries by being the inadvertent target in uncertain times for any backlash by a mainstream populace unhappy with it's leadership. Those in office know this and use it unreservedly as the nation's relief valve when pressure is placed on them to perform.
So I'm the fall guy basically. It's a shame really, because I could be more useful as a think tank strategist for assisting with refugee issues or addressing radical behaviour across the spectrum of our community i.e. ultra right fascism to Wahhabi fundamentalism. I'm here to help.