Over the time we’ve been here we’ve got almost used to the incipient racism underlying a lot of Australian society. The one thing in it’s favour is that it isn’t hidden away and that people are quite open about it which at least means it is able to be discussed freely.
However occasionally underlying racial tensions explode into violent confrontation, the last such obvious occasions were the Cronulla Riots of 2005, when 5,000 adults confronted each other over perceived “intimidatory behaviour by groups of non-locals”, and mayhem ensued. Those events are exceptional, and as regrettable as they are, especially to the individuals hurt, they might serve in some way to relieve tensions inasmuch as local concerns can be addressed and resolved by concerned authorities.
What are far more disturbing are those groups that target individuals for no obvious reason other than their assumed ethnic origins. For example, three weeks ago fifteen year old Angela Stanovic was attacked by a group of 15 females and males as she waited for her mother to collect her from school.
As her mother approached the bus stop where, already frightened Angela was waiting, she ran for safety towards the car and the crowd gave chase shouting for her to ‘go back where she came from’.
She was pulled out of the car, struck in the face and then kicked repeatedly as she lay curled on the floor. Her mother ran to protect her and was also attacked by the crowd!
Police later raided the school seized several mobile phones which pupils had used to record the confrontation and then charged a 16 year old girl with assault and robbery.
The ethnic composition of the crowd attacking her is unknown, but I could hardly suggest that they would see Angela’s appearance as anything other than ‘ordinary’. From the picture you wouldn’t think there was anything clearly ‘alien’ that a crowd would hit on to distinguish her from any other child at the school she is just a pretty young girl. Yet it appears her Serbian origins were enough to generate enough hatred to warrant this assault. There can’t be any other reason, she had only been at the Nerang school three weeks after leaving a previous school where she had *also* been bullied and given death threats!
To me this disgraceful attack is more disturbing than the Cronulla riots in that whilst it was clearly racially motivated it was carried out by young children. In Cronulla we had a group of adults who should have known better relieving tension that could have developed for any number of causes, racism being just one. In this case these children would have had no obvious reason for their racism.
Where would feelings like these develop? The only real answer is that they developed at home, and that whilst they were absorbing the racism at home, they also learned that it was both appropriate and acceptable for them to respond to these irrational feelings by a violent mob attack on a defenceless young girl.
If this is symptomatic of what youth in Queensland view as the proper way to respond to their social concerns all I can say is God help the rest of us!! These kids are Australia’s future, and whether they like it or not immigration will continue. They need to be taught to come to terms with it. In the meantime, the knowledge there is a sub-class of violently racist youth developing isn’t something to look forward with any enthusiasm whatsoever.