Archive for 'Racism'
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.
Why was this siege any different to all the other sieges that happen? Why did this dominate the Australian media to the exclusion of almost everything else for 24 hours? Why? Because it fed our fears. Or perhaps because it fed what the media and ruling class hope are our fears. If Man Haron Monis had been a white Christian barricaded in his home holding his wife hostage, it would have rated at best a few minutes on local television, and no or little comment in our newspapers. Of course Man Haron Monis wasn’t a white Christian.
Danny Katch in Socialist Worker US reports on the Staten Island grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case – and the bitter anger of opponents of police violence as they mobilize yet again. Here is a snippet.
But the video wasn’t the key. As in Ferguson, the real key was the unspoken rule of the criminal injustice system: Killer cops are above the law – and they can get away with murder.
This cartoon will appear in the next issue of Red Flag. It captures perfectly the racist system that polices and kills Aboriginal people in custody in Australia.
DARREN WILSON has gotten away with murder – and the American injustice system sent the message once again that Black lives don’t matter, write Nicole Colson and Alan Maass in Socialist Worker US.
Some argue that discrimination against eastern Europeans is not racist because they are white. But, as Ken Olende explains in Socialist Worker UK, racism goes beyond colour prejudice
Murdoch fuelled white terrorist threatens to behead young Muslim students: the headline you won’t see
Counter terrorism expert Truth McOrwell has warned that this case exposes the grave dangers Australia faces. ‘From Vietnam, to Iraq, to Afghanistan, just to name a few in recent memory, the white community has a long history of violence overseas, she said. ‘It was only a matter of time before that violence came home.’
This government is pushing racism and Islamophobia to win support for its war in Iraq and to detract attention from its rotten austerity Budget. A war footing and jingoism are the breeding grounds for the ruling class to push fear of the other. The Labor Party is rushing in to support Abbott. As the war deteriorates and the economy worsens the anti-Muslim dog whistles from our politicians will become claxon horns. Opposing the war and fighting against the Budget are linked, and must join up with the fight to defend our Muslim bothers and sisters.
SocialistWorker.org writers Eric Ruder, Elizabeth Schulte, Trish Kahle and Donny Schraffenberger traveled to Ferguson to provide this account in Socialist Worker US of a community rising up against police violence, despite a crackdown that turns their city into a war zone each night.
Socialist Alternative makes no bones about our opposition to the apartheid state of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians, just as we opposed apartheid South Africa. We make a clear distinction (for anyone willing to see it) between Zionism as a political justification for the state of Israel, and the Jewish religion. We are critical of Zionism. Religion is a private matter. There are Jews, proud of their heritage, among our membership.
The Australasian Union of Jewish Students and its campus affiliates very actively and publicly support the Israeli state and its policies.
But the reality of Israel’s brutal actions, from the death of more than 1,100 as Israel bombed Beirut in 2006 to the massacre of 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza in January 2009 (to name just two examples found unavoidably newsworthy by the mainstream media), makes it ever more difficult to present Israel in a positive light.
By resorting to fabrications of racial vilification against those who oppose Israel’s crimes, our accusers merely reveal that they are attempting to defend the indefensible.