The sad thing is, this has been going on for ages.
My grandpa was telling me that his family were spat at on the street and called “Fucking Dirty Wogs” and “To go back where they came from” because they came here from Italy. My dad was beaten up at school for being a “Wog” and then he was the only one who got in trouble with the teacher. I was bullied relentlessly at school for being a ” Fat Wog” as well, and this was like a few years ago by some stupid fucks who think they were so fucking smart.
And now that hatred as moved onto the Asylum Seekers again (you’d be pretty fucking ashamed of Australia in 2001-2003 after the 9/11 attacks) and even before that in Geelong the Sudanese community was treated like shit simply for being refugees.
Its a cycle of viciousness and the Government only encourages the behavior. It needs to stop now.
Never realize there was this dark side to Australia.
My eldest paternal first cousin is Australian. He called me a “fat nigger” when I messaged him on Facebook asking how he was. We are no longer in touch. He lives on the other side of the world so it hasn’t caused any family drama but I really hope he never visits again. I’m glad that my Gran never found out, I think it would’ve probably killed her.
Benji, what the fuck you never told me he said that???
(won’t mention it to the folks if you’re not cool about it)
Unless you live here, you don’t even know how disgusting it is. Our government is xenophobic and its terrifying.
The worsening treatment (well, torture) of asylum seekers should be making Australians violently sick, but instead, a recent poll by the Sydney Morning Herald showed that 60% of Australians the Abbott government to “increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers.”
Yup. Amnesty International’s report was pretty damning.
'The living conditions in the facility are hot, extremely cramped and poorly ventilated. There is no privacy. The conditions in one dormitory were so bad that Amnesty International considers the accommodation of asylum seekers there a violation of the prohibition on torture and other ill-treatment. ”P Dorm” is a World War II building with a low, curved, metal roof. It sleeps 112 men on bunk beds arranged with no space between. There were no windows, and two standing fans. As a result, the smell is overwhelmingly bad and the heat is stifling. Asylum seekers reported finding snakes in the room and flooding when it rained.'
But 60% of Australians believe this treatment isn’t harsh enough.
Oh, and to make matters worse, this article by the Guardian reports that the cost of visa for journalists to visit Nauru has jumped from $200 in 2013, to $8,000 in 2014. The public can’t be disgusted by treatment that has been condemned by the UN if journalists can’t afford to report on it, right?
it’s not the animals you really worry about in this country, it’s the government and culture. i would rather have a bluebottle in charge of the country, unfortunately the pain caused by this… well, you can’t piss on Tony Abbott til he goes away. we could try.
No-one’s going to touch the White Australia policy? This country has been shitty towards refugees and immigrants (not even touching their treatment of Aboriginal Australians) for so so so so long and no-one knows anything about us except spiders and VB and Vegemite like.
Someone in my family was part of the stolen generation and adopted by a white family. This was before my time but I’ve been told that she was basically treated like a pet for the adoptive family’s white child. When she became sick with pneumonia as an adult she tried to get treatment at a hospital and they thought she was drunk and sent her home. She died because of this.
Australia Day is revolting tbh
Why Australia Sucks, By an Australian
Australia suffers from an unfortunate case of Prevailing Colonial Attitude Syndrome, and also seriously trumped-up self-important. Our own indigenous people are hardly more than myth in the daily life of the dominant culture - they are considered to be the lowest of the low, a defunct and pointless people whose biggest failure was not going extinct like they were ‘supposed’ to hundreds of years ago. The press hypes up the smallest transgressions made by non-dominant culture people (immigrants, indigenous and the like) to practically warp them into acts of terrorism, and the government treats asylum seekers like invading extraterrestrial aliens whose only purpose in coming here is to rape and pillage and salt the land. We’re even allergic to New Zealanders; new laws have been put in place to make it as hard as possible for New Zealand natives to seek and secure Australian citizenship. The escalating racism in this country has become both obscene and obsessive. There is this pervasive idea that every foreigner who sets foot on Australian soil desires, first and foremost, to take away everything Aussies love about Australia. If we let these foreigners in, there will be no more shrimps and snags on the barbie, no more beach cricket, no more Australia Day (which shouldn’t exist anyway), and no more sweltering summer Christmases.
Instead, we’ll all be walking around shrouded in burkas bowing down to the Russian flag and celebrating Chanukkah and dancing the haka while we eat our halal food. Australia is a precious jewel and everyone wants a piece of it and we must defend it aggressively to ensure our continuing cultural integrity and prosperity.
I have to admit I used to think the way that many Aussies do. I demonised immigrants and railed against the pestilential influx of asylum seekers, taking our jobs and our land and our resources, poo-pooing our rituals and refusing to speak our language. It was only when I expanded my media consumption to off-shore sources that I realised how disgustingly warped the Australian media portrayel of these things actually is. And I point all fingers at the government. I’m quite certain that it’s part of a ploy to keep the public under thumb, making our politicians look like heroes fighting the good fight to protect our sacred shores. Because they’re such an incompetent bunch of close-minded nitwits that it’s the only way they can make themselves look good.
Meanwhile, the government is selling off major national assets to foreign companies to resolve debt issues. So we’re slapping these people with one hand while taking their money with the other, and telling them that it’s all their own fault and they should go back to where they came from even as we boast about how multicultural we are.
This is an attitude that really, truly HAS to change. I don’t know how to do it, but putting these truths out there, changing the global view of Australia is important. We are not flashing white smiles through dangling corks and sunglasses tan-lines, we are not a bunch of amicable blokes and sheilas waiting to greet you with a ‘G’day, mate,’ and a slap on the back.
As a culture, we are almost as venomous as our wildlife.
Reblogging for the awesome commentary
Australia day is basically the anniversary of the British fucking up Aboriginal culture. Nobody seems to realise if they’re a white person in Australia, their ancestors WERE IMMIGRANTS. Most of them were fucking filthy convicts who raped the aboriginal women, which is why the stolen generation happened. Just couldn’t have “half-cast” people in our society! People are just fucking disgusting.
Please know that it’s not every Australian, though.
^ oh for the love of god, shut the fuck up
Before the awards, the producers revealed, DeGeneres had told a couple of stars like Streep that she’d be coming into the audience to play with them. “But nobody really knew anything,” Zadan said. “A couple of people knew Ellen was going to come out and talk to them. Meryl said, ‘Great, let’s have fun.’ But it was all improvised to a degree. When Ellen was planning the selfie, she thought it would be Meryl, and maybe Julia [Roberts]. I don’t think she anticipated that all those stars would get out of their seats and surround them.” In fact, in rehearsal, with DeGeneres’ writers sitting in for the stars, the bit was blocked out on the assumption that Streep would take the shot, although ultimately Bradley Cooper volunteered.
DeGeneres also masterminded the pizza boy gag. “When Ellen said she wanted to do it, we said we’d hire an actor, but she said, ‘No, no, no. You’re not hiring an actor. I want a real pizza delivery person,’ ” Zadan revealed. “We said that the FBI would have to do a background check. She said, ‘I don’t care. I want it to be real. I want this guy to walk in and not know he’s going to the Academy Awards.’ “
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’
Lena Dunham (via thatlitsite)
SO MUCH THIS!!!
I cringe every time I hear a girl or woman retreat into the dungeon of self-effacement when someone compliments them on their work! Own what you make! Be proud! Be loud! Take credit for your awesomeness!
You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
LOVE. Way to warm my heart and make me feel snuggly all over. Beautiful. ❤
I LOVE THIS PHOTOSET TO SMITHEREENS!