Johnno

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Riots in Sydney

I suppose some people have read about the recent riots taking place over the past couple of days in Sydney on the southern beaches at Cronulla. This was mainly fuelld by blanket coverage of a couple of lifesavers being bashed last week by some guys of "middle eastern appearance." For me it's about as alien as reading about the riots in Paris, Cronulla is a fair way away. Life in the Blue Mountains seems to be as normal. No doubt there were people in Paris and Toulouse reading about parts of their city that were undergoing riots.

"Locals" and outsiders of anglo background decided to have a protest which turned ugly last Sunday, fuelled by a lot of alcohol.

I had a listen to the talk back shock jocks yesterday and was..... as usual..... disappointed by the reaction of the public in general. Most of the talk was in favour of the drunken Aussie yobs who saw fit to take a little bit of vigilante action into their own hands and single out individual "people of middle eastern" appearance for some white bread justice.

Some young guys in cars "of middle eastern appearance" with revenge in their minds did a hit and run raid in Cronulla last night, this time some "middle easten justice" . Again singling out individuals.

Both groups in my opinion are arseholes. An article at Crikey wonders why the terrorism laws have not been enacted against the WASP kids on Sunday.

In reality,not much has changed, just the players......the cycles of time repeat past things that we'd rather forget about. I remember an older guy telling me how "The Auburn Boys" (who were Australian at the time) used to go to the southern beaches and get in a fight with the surfies, the surfies then would return the favour destroying the local hangout of the "westies" in Auburn. This was in the 60's.

The thing that has changed is that the "race" card has been played on this time by the media which is basically a turf war. The geographical regions are basically the same, merely the birthplace of the parents has changed. Darpism goes into this a bit more over here, he's the first blog I went to as it is his niche. the ugliness of racism downunder.

My opinion is young guys like this from both sides either end up in jail, die an early death or perhaps wake up and go and get a mortgage and have 2.5 kids.

3 Comments:

  • Open Mind wrote: My opinion is young guys like this from both sides either end up in jail, die an early death or perhaps wake up and go and get a mortgage and have 2.5 kids.

    Or they go on to be president of the United States.

    By Blogger caveman, at 5:44 pm  

  • Or they go on to be president of the United States

    I like that.

    Bang on Johnno. Keeps the people afraid and indoors in front of the telly.

    By Anonymous moff, at 7:51 pm  

  • People are sort of assholeish no matter where you go. I feel that Australia is turning more and more into a little USA. But, you guys actually know more about our government and what we do than the average American does...

    I don't know if I totally agree with the nature of how you approach the problem. Race relations shouldn't be boiled down to a "that's the way its always been" sort of argument, especially now that we tie ethnic origin and religion with terrorism so often today.

    The underlying issues are typically economic and avaiabilty of opportunities. People won't ever be happy as long as they think they are being oppressed or experieincing relative deprivation.

    What's the solution? I'm not sure.

    By Anonymous The Angry Sicilian, at 3:40 am  

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