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Maintaining the Kurai legacy

The exploitation of racial & cultural difference

White genocide
White supremacists  empty-headedly claim ethnic diversity is equivalent to white genocide

PHILIP FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Just like Australia, the USA is a migrant nation. In both cases the racial and cultural diversity of both populations has contributed to both the wealth and vibrancy of their societies.

While Australia is home to the world's oldest continuous culture dating back at least 65,000 years it is now also home to a people who identify with more than 270 different ancestries.

As in Papua New Guinea – equally diverse with its 850 different ancestries dating back at least 50,000 years - this rich, cultural diversity is one of its greatest strengths.

In contrast to Australia and PNG, the indigenous population of the USA and the rest of the Americas dates back only about 15,000 years.

While there were at least three migrations into the Americas, the majority of the original inhabitants are descended almost entirely from a single group of migrants that crossed over a land bridge, called Beringia, between Asia and America during the last ice age.

During the last census in the USA in 2010 over 500 different ancestries were recorded. Data from the current census is not yet available.

Within both Australia and the USA, there is also a huge diversity of race and culture.

While Australia attempted for a long time to develop a purity of race and cultural characteristics (known colloquially as the White Australia Policy), after World War II it finally succumbed to the inevitable and began welcoming people of many ethnicities to its shores.

It is a change that has led to a remarkable richness of diversity and immeasurably improved the country.

This is not surprising. Difference is a great thing.

Imagine if there was only one brand of car you could buy. Imagine if the place in which you lived was exactly the same as all the other places in the world.

Or if we all looked the same. The same coloured skin, the same coloured hair and the same eye shape.

The blandness would be overwhelming.

And yet it seems there are many people who yearn for such a world. They look back to ancient times when nation states were largely homogeneous, both physically and culturally.

They also imagine that the values and ethics of those times were somehow better than the disparate and widespread social ethos present in many places now.

Little do they realise that the old values they think were better were largely the product of repressive political and religious systems.

This ignorance of reality and sense of oneness can morph into a sense of superiority and become a point of envy and then a source of hatred.

There is a curious irony that the epicentre of this sort of racial and cultural hatred is the USA, which is a migrant nation so big and wealthy it probably couldn’t have avoided being multiracial if it tried.

In the USA cultural and racial differences are still being weaponised for political purposes. This is evident in the polarisation brought about by the Black Lives Matter protests but it is also evident in the anti-China rhetoric that is steadily growing.

China is a fairly homogenous country with comparatively little racial and cultural diversity. The Chinese government is actively working to elevate this sameness and lack of diversity with programs of suppression.

It can be argued that what the proponents of racial and cultural homogeneity in the USA (sometimes referred to as ‘white supremacists’) want to achieve is very akin to the state-sponsored racism and cultural uniformity that China is prosecuting under President Xi.

What has boiled over in the USA is still, thankfully, suppressed in Australia but it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the Australian government might one day find it convenient to openly weaponise (instead of just dog whistling) racial and cultural differences. It has done this before.

After all, the Australian government is well aware that a significant minority of Australians think multiracialism has been an abject failure.

This minority points to urban ghettoes of certain races and high crime rates in some areas as ‘proof’. They talk about being overrun by Muslims and Asians and even Africans.

They complain about rich Chinese businessmen buying up the best real estate and large swathes of productive land.

The push for greater uniformity, including racism, tends to only gain traction when it is linked to politics. Some politicians see advantage in this.

I recall that between 1959 and 1964 there was a television series called The Twilight Zone. In one episode it featured a fictitious world where the people were black on one side of their bodies and white on the other.

Some of these people were black on the left side and white on the right side. Others were white on the left side and black on the right side.

This difference led to violent racism.

It seemed an absurd thesis, but it depicted a situation perhaps no more absurd than what we see in our own world today.

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Corney Korokan Alone

The universal melanin people of the globe need no lecture to understand the true purveyors of genocide for the sole purpose of an entitled capitalist mob.

We know of one Freeport-McMoRan mining conglomerate in our island of New Guinea whose purse is spattered with approximately 500,000 Melanesian people's lives. It started well before the 1960's and continues to this day.

We are also not oblivious of the grand-scale theft and murders that have been perpetuated in Western Africa by the France government either:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01OjZ5V8psg

These countries' foreign exchange reserves tucked away in Paris as a conditionality of their right to self-independence, whilst in actuality their very progress has been stifled and eroded from underneath.

One cannot also lecture the melanin people on the globe about the manufactured and sponsored chaos that has been rampaging across South America.

The very land of United States is drenched in the blood of native Americans and the stolen African slaves. If that barbaric terrorism isn't enough, the grand-children of slaves continues to be lynched by a sadistic police and legal system.

So that kind of white supremacist empty-headed signpost is not only deeply offensive but rubbing salt onto the wounds of centuries of plunder, terrorism and conglomerate/multi-national sponsored state murder.

Arthur Williams

Your percentages Keith were not borne out by the number of refugees sent home from the Manus centre nor from the UK experience where one report suggests its nearer 50%. www.fullfact.org/immigration/uk-refugees/

Another suggest rejected asylum claims in UK 2017 were as low as 35%
www.fullfact.org/immigration/how-many-refugees-does-uk-take/

160128 Sweden to fly 80,000 immigrants out of the country in chartered jets, as minister says almost HALF of all asylum claims of migrants who make it there are rejected
By Mark Duell for MailOnline .
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A refugee is a person who is outside their own country and is unable or unwilling to return due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their race; religion; nationality; membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

https://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/rights-and-freedoms/publications/asylum-seekers-and-refugees

It is not a crime to come to Australia without first getting permission (a visa). Under the Refugee Convention, countries cannot penalise refugees who do not have valid travel documents. In fact, entering without permission is the way most refugees find safety.

Immigration department data show that between 88% and 100% of asylum seekers who arrived by boat in any one year have been granted protection visas.

https://www.foundationhouse.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Public-attitudes-to-unauthorised-arrivals-in-Australia-Foundation-House-review-2015.pdf

Scott Morrison, when border protection minister, stated that about nine out of 10 asylum seekers arriving by boat are accepted as refugees in Australia.

https://theconversation.com/factcheck-are-australias-refugee-acceptance-rates-high-compared-with-other-nations-17151#:~:text=Morrison%20also%20claimed%20in%20the,%2C%2082.4%25%20of%20the%20time.

Past figures show that between 70 and 100 per cent of asylum seekers arriving by boat at different times have been found to be refugees and granted protection either in Australia or in another country.

https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1415/AsylumFacts#_Toc413067445

Between 1999 and 2007, under the Howard temporary protection visa system (since abandoned) approximately 90 percent of TPV holders gained permanent visas
https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1314/BoatArrivals

So some 90% of the boat people headed for Australia and banged up on Manus were found to be genuine refugees. As far as PNG Attitude is concerned this argument is done and dusted - KJ


Chips Mackellar

The answer to both questions Arthur, is because in Australia they can get the dole, rent assistance, Medicare and free education for their children, all of which is not available in their home countries, especially not available in the safe havens they bypass to get here. They reckon risky travel is a better option than a life of misery at home.
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This comment overlooks the fact that around 90% of asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are legitimate refugees. Australia has a long history of accepting refugees and over 800,000 refugees and displaced persons have settled here since 1945.

An asylum seeker is a person who has fled their own country and applied for protection as a refugee. A refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to their own country due to a legitimate fear of being persecuted because of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

In 2010-11, 89.6% of people seeking asylum arriving by boat were found to be genuine refugees - KJ

Bernard Corden

Dear Arthur,

Erich Fromm is as good a place as any to start:

https://fromm-online.org/en/

Philip Fitzpatrick

Arthur, I imagine that there is a perception that nations like Australia, the UK and the USA are free of all the inequalities and other problems in refugees' countries of origin.

If you listen to many of the people who have arrived as refugees in Australia one of the most common motives seems to be seeking a place free of fear.

Generally speaking Australia, the UK and the USA offer that freedom.

The Black Lives Matter protests actually support that proposition simply because they are allowed to happen. The right to protest is not a freedom that exists in many of the home countries of these people.

It is only after refugees arrive that they discover the truth about racism even in highly developed western countries.

Yet, they would find that is probably tolerable compared to what they experienced in their own countries.

There's a lot more to it of course but I think that freedom from fear is a big factor.

Chris Overland

Phil, my understanding of common sense includes rationality, logic, attention to facts, assessment of risks and so forth.

That said, I agree that appeals to supposed common sense can be and are deeply misleading at times.

Arthur Williams

Why do illegal immigrants want to spend days or months travelling in dangerous situations and using dangerous transport, often paying a lot of cash to very nasty people smugglers, to get to the alleged ‘systemically racist’ UK, Australia or USA?

Why do Muslim illegals bypass or ignore safe haven co-religionist nations to get to nations where Christianity is the main religion?

If Black Lives Matter why are so many Black Africans fleeing Black nations run by Black politicians?
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All questions with important and credible answers. Do your research and get back to us Arthur - KJ

Philip Fitzpatrick

I've always been suspicious of common sense Chris.

To my mind common sense is a subjective proposition based on emotion rather than rational, objective analysis.

Common sense is often used to promote ideas and actions that appeal to the herd. It is often analgous to what is popularly called the 'pub test'.

Rule by common sense can be quite damaging. At the moment we are seeing it in the demands to end lockdowns and open up the economy while Covid-19 still rages.

In the past it gave us a Great Big Carbon Tax and Stop the Boats.

Rather than an outbreak of common sense we probably need a Great Big Reality Check.

Which is an equally forlorn hope I think.

Chris Overland

Phil, we now live in an era in which the greedy, the stupid, the ignorant and the malicious have triumphed.

Racism, ultra nationalism, anti-intellectualism, mass narcissism and the celebration of ignorance and stupidity are natural bedfellows in such an era.

We have seen this all before. There are multiple historic precedents, most recently in the 1930's.

Covid 19 has done us all a favour in revealing all this to those who will bother to see it.

I do not expect a resurgence of reason, rationality and enlightenment anytime soon.

History says that we must first go through an orgy of mutually assured destruction before belatedly realising what has happened.

This is desperately sad for our children, grand children and great grand children, who deserve better.

All we can do is keeping pointing to the bleeding obvious in the forlorn hope that someone in a position of power may initiate an outbreak of common sense before it is too late.

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