Regrettably there’s been a few high profile stories recently of strong racism behaviour in Melbourne in the last few months. First, there were the French women on a bus who was abused and threatened for – the horror! – singing in French. Only just before christmas, there was a passenger being abusive towards an Indian woman, and then there was the racially abusive bigot who had a go at a cage fighting champion for speaking Portuguese on a train.
In all of these incidents, there certainly has been an inferior race, worthy of derision, but it hasn’t been the targets of the incidents.
Every time someone engages in racial vilification, they may think they’re superior and demonstrating their superiority, but the truth couldn’t be more of a polar opposite. They likely believe they’re defending their own race, but they’re not – they’re denigrating themselves. An Australian attacking someone from India, or Brazil, or France, just on race? That’s denigrating to all Australians, everywhere, not the targets of the attack. They don’t represent me, they demean me. To them I say: screw you.
It’s the 21st century, for goodness sakes. It’s high time we stop thinking in terms of ethnicities or national borders as being definitive or race – we’re all members of just one race, the human race.
Or at least, some of us are. The way some behave, taunting and abusing people for their ethnic or national backgrounds? They’re sub-human. It is they who are the inferior race.