Sunday, December 18, 2005

Australian disorder

Dunno much about Australia so I've read with interest the varying analyses going around in the wake of the Australian beach riots. But Germaine Greer's explanation seems a bit crap to me:
"Australia is as racist as Britain, no more, no less. Australian racism derives from the same bottomless source as British racism - from universal ignorance and working-class frustration, reinforced by an unshakeable conviction of British superiority over all other nations on earth, especially the swarthy ones. If Australia had been colonised by any other nation but the British, it would be less racist. As it is, it is dying hard."
Words like 'Boers', 'South Africa', 'Belgian' and 'Congo' immediately spring to mind. Try again...

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