Archive for 'Racism'
The anger provoked by Freddie Gray’s death has been building for years – the result of entrenched racism and economic inequality, not to mention the long history of police brutality and killings, mainly of African American men.
Writing in the Irish Socialist Worker Memet Uludag argues that we must support refugees, oppose the imperialism that drowns them at sea and build a political alternative that embraces our humanity, not hatred. Among other things Memet explains the increase in deaths this year in the Mediterranean are the result of rotten racist anti-immigrant policy changes by the EU.
‘Tomorrow we are going to be hitting the streets to convince people to boycott ANZC Day,’ Mr Neville Nazi-Nutter said. ‘We need to get the word out there that ANZAC Day is a great big Muslim plot. All us great patriots need to unite around this. That is why The ND are saying “Boycott ANZAC Day. Boycott Gallipoli.” ‘ The ND.
Why the silence on the racist nature of the Reclaim Australia rallies Mr Abbott and Mr Shorten? Could it be not only that you condone this racism but that your policies and actions have given it life and support? You can’t condemn your own children. Is that it?
James Supple from socialist group Solidarity has written an important and informative article on resisting the anti-Muslim and racist Reclaim Australia. He says in part: ‘The anti-racist counter-rallies were important to confront and expose the far right that is behind Reclaim Australia. But we will need to organise larger numbers if they mobilise again.’
The possibility of a populist Hanson and a neo-Nazi right within Reclaim Australia finding common ground, as they appear to be doing, is frightening. It could herald the development of a proto-fascist organisation, based on the disaffected middle and lower classes and racist fear-mongering. We need to gather our forces and begin the fight against the racist Reclaim (White) Australia movement. It is better to remove the weeds before they destroy the garden than after they have. Apply the weedicide now, not when the weeds have overrun the garden and it is too late.
A strong vibrant and active left and trade union movement, with a clear understanding of the nature of capitalism and the threat respectable racism and its hidden guest, fascism, pose to the left and to working people, could act as a pole of attraction offering hope for these middle and working class people currently driven by fear. Building such a left must be our long term goal. In the medium term it means rank and file workers winning back their unions and building strikes to defend workers’ interests. In the short term we have to confront the racists and their fascist bed fellows every time they poke their slimy necks out from their sewers of hate.
Here is a link to the Green Left Weekly 5 minute TV report on voices from the Melbourne Rally Against racism.
Solidarity has a good article on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Ride through New South Wales. As they say:
By commanding front-page publicity, the Freedom Ride put Aboriginal rights squarely on the national agenda. The oppression of Aboriginal people could no longer be swept under the carpet.
However, as they also point out:
While formal discrimination was largely abolished in the 1970s, it was shamefully re-introduced with the Northern Territory Intervention in 2007. Across the country the social position of Aboriginal people remains dire. Most of the problems observed by the Freedom Riders, shamefully, persist 50 years on—inadequate housing, water and medical services, police harassment and child removal.
To read the whole article click here.
Christmas and the New Year is a time of hope. Yet all this Abbott government and its media spruikers offers is fear – fear of terorism; fear of asylum seekers and fear of the unemployed are its current playthings. The best way to counter the ruling class climate of fear is to resist their attacks, not fall for their racist, xenophobic and anti-working class rantings and actions.