In recent years Australia has seen a tremendous increase in what their politicians call ‘boat people’. Their refugees come from violence torn areas like Iran and Afghanistan as well as a number of other nations.
You know…brown people.
Well, they can’t have that, of course, so Australia’s PM has Kevin Rudd has announced an agreement to ship them all off to poverty-stricken Papua New Guinea where they will have no opportunity; no way to make a living. Oh, and as a kicker, Australia had for years accepted female asylum seekers from Papua New Guinea because of sexual violence there. But none of that apparently matters because, you know…brown people.
The opposition leader, of course, doesn’t like this approach.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott – whose party looked on course to trounce Labor at the polls before the leadership change – has said he will turn boats back to Indonesia when safe to do so.
Responding to this agreement he said: “While this certainly is a very promising development in offshore processing, it is about processing boat people, it’s not about stopping the boats and that in the end is what we have to have.”
‘Offshore processing?’ Weren’t we referring to people here? Desparate people?
Does any of this sound familiar?
I live in Red Virginia, right near the West Virginia border and I do understand the recent hard racist push. There are a large number of white folks who realized with Barack Obama’s election that the growing non-white proportion of America’s population means a decrease in white power dominance…unless that is, they can keep ‘them’ out or stop ‘them’ from voting. So efforts on those have redoubled.
We’re actually regressing in civil rights and voting rights, and it seems to be open season on young black men without legal consequences again. Did I stumble into a time machine when I wasn’t paying attention?
Australia, it turns out, is experiencing much the same thing. And reacting much the same way.
OK, my fellow white people. WTF is wrong with us?
And everyone: what on earth can we do about it? Because at this point I can’t decide whether to be more sickened or frightened for the future.