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    It's great to see someone telling the truth about this.

    Andrew Bolt
    Friday, February 05, 2010 at 07:19am from Herald-Sun

    IT'S because so many people want to believe Australians are racist that Jaspreet Singh became the latest fake example of our evil.

    Singh, a 29-year-old Indian "student", turned up last month burned to a crisp, with a tale of having been attacked in Essendon by four racists with a can of petrol.

    The story smelled from the start, and not just of premium unleaded. Police even warned it sounded suss, starting with this notion that gangs roam Essendon late at night with cans of petrol, looking for Indians to burn.

    But what followed is a golden example of a phenomenon that's made this country seem like a madhouse lately. If people really want to believe something they will, and facts barely matter. Indeed, facts are then evil.

    That's why so many millions believe in the "stolen generations", for instance, especially when no one can name even 10 children stolen just for being Aboriginal.

    And that's why so many of our preacher-teacher class, from academics to ABC broadcasters, have so eagerly insisted that every Australian (except themselves, funnily) is a racist redneck - a smugly self-regarding lie they're now shocked to see is believed of them, too, by an Indian media only too happy to pander to its own chip-on-the-shoulder xenophobes.

    It's the wanting to believe that counts. So here's what we read last month about the bizarre barbecueing of Jaspreet Singh from Indian journalists and Australian cause-pushers.

    Sindh Today, January 9: "Days after India asked Australia to take urgent action against those behind the murder of an Indian student a week ago, a 29-year-old Indian was set ablaze Saturday by four unidentified attackers in Melbourne, putting bilateral ties under strain."

    The New Indian Express, January 11: "Victoria Police say ... there is no reason at this stage to consider this (attack) racially motivated. If the statement had been calculated to enrage, it could hardly have been more provocatively phrased. Perhaps, in Australia, opportunist crimes also involve setting the victim ablaze.

    In any other country, this would prima facie be considered a hate crime, in this case racist."

    The Communist Party of India, January 12: "In the past two weeks, racist attacks on Indians in Australia have claimed two lives (Ranjodh Singh and Nitin Garg) while 29-year-old Jaspreet Singh is now recovering from burns ... "

    The Sydney Morning Herald, January 15: "Aboriginal leader Tom Calma believes the recent attacks on Indian students in Australia could be racially motivated."

    AND more. Even former Defence Force chief General Peter Cosgrove, too ready to bend with the fashionable wind, just days later gave an Australia Day speech claiming attacks on Indians had "erupted over the last several weeks to become a major problem", and "it is easy to conclude that they are racially targeted".

    Just as well he didn't mention the now singed Jaspreet by name, because here's what we read this week of our latest martyr to Australian racism: "Singh, 29, of Grice Crescent, Essendon, in the city's north, faced an out-of-sessions hearing early this morning ... charged with making a false report to police and criminal damage with a view to gaining a financial advantage."

    Of course, Singh could be completely innocent. Let the court decide whether he really just blew himself up while trying to torch his car - but do let the Indian Government now apologise for jumping to its own inflammatory conclusion about our wickedness.

    But this is not the first time an example of Australian racism has gone up in smoke like Singh's shirt.

    Let me quote from a statement sent to Indian newspapers just last week by Australia's man in New Delhi:

    The Australian High Commissioner, Mr Peter Varghese, today welcomed advice that the NSW police had arrested three persons in connection with the murder of Ranjodh Singh, a 25-year-old Indian man, whose burnt body was found in the NSW town of Griffith on December, 29, 2009.

    Gurpreet Singh, 23, and his 20-year-old wife Harpreet Bhullar faced the court on January 29.

    A third man was arrested on the same day and will also be charged with Mr Singh's murder.

    Mr Varghese said ... the identity of those arrested (all three are Indian nationals), as well as the conclusions reached by the investigation, clearly showed that racism had not been a factor.

    Mr Varghese said that this case had been widely reported in the Indian media as a racist attack and he hoped that those, which carried such reports, would now set the record straight.

    Yeah, dream on, Peter.

    Why would we expect Indian journalists to stop jumping on every attack as proof of old-fashioned white Australian racism, when our own are just as likely to do the same - or to be so scared of seeming racist that they refuse to tell us all the forgiving truth?

    THAT'S been the case ever since our media first paid serious attention to attacks on Indians - in 2008, when Sukhraj Singh was almost bashed to death in a Sunshine shop.

    The racial identity of those thieving attackers, officer? Can't say, couldn't see. The ethnicity of the boys who bashed Singh, Mr Reporter? Didn't notice, won't write.

    In fact, and said by almost no one, Singh had been belted by an ethnic gang of whom the only one since publicly identified in court is Zakarie Hussein, a 21-year-old from Somalia.

    But, you see, our police command and journalists would rather all Australians seemed racist than risk being called racist themselves for giving the facts.

    And on this circus rolled. Take the notorious bashing on the Werribee

    train last year of Sourabh Sharma, which led The Times of India to declare that a "tribe of extreme nationalists who champion an exclusivist, white Aussie identity seems to be increasing in Australia".

    Check the CCTV vision and you could see what the police and journalists would not say - that the attackers seemed to include youths who weren't "white", and at least one who looked very Indian.

    Indians and Pakistanis here actually know this "white racism" bogey is a myth, of course.

    Macquarie University student Mukul Khanna, called back home by his worried parents, told a local paper that a lot of his Pakistani friends had been bashed and robbed, but "interestingly, the attackers are mostly not locals and are themselves people of foreign origin".

    Most of the reported robberies on Indian taxi drivers in the inner west in one six-month period were likewise by African gangs - but which police chief would dare say such a thing?

    Gosh, no; former chief commissioner Christine Nixon not only banned the term "gang", but falsely claimed at the last federal election that the Howard government was wrong - Sudanese immigrants did not have a crime rate higher than the average. She still hasn't apologised for deceiving you.

    Facts! Who needs them? Indeed, who's a racist boy for even pointing them out?

    The joke is, of course, that this country is actually so short of real racists that it drives our manners police mad. In 2001, for instance, Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria's then chairman moaned: "I am not aware of any conclusive evidence

    that suggests that discrimination is increasing."

    Solution? Instead of closing up shop, saying its job was done, the EOCV pushed the Labor Government to pass draconian new laws against racial "vilification" to help create more racists for it to go catch.

    Our federal race commissioners have had the same problem, and lusted for the same solution.

    One, Zita Antonias, admitted a decade ago that complaints of racism had fallen by more than a third,

    but insisted we couldn't be that nice: "The figures are incongruent with anecdotal evidence."

    Tom Calma, who succeeded her and now claims that the attacks on Indians may well be racist, was just as peeved to find so little real proof of these legendary (white) Australian racists.

    He blamed our stupid laws for having "made it difficult to prove there had been discrimination", and demanded the Rudd Government fix this disgraceful lack of racists by changing the laws to reverse the burden of proof.

    And since Indian papers say we're all racist, bingo, we must be, too, unless someone can prove we're not.

    SO whether Jaspreet Singh got toasted by racists or soon will be by judges hardly matters. We're racist until proven innocent -but to prove we're not we must say who's behind much of this mayhem.

    And to do that would be, er, racist. Caught each way.

    So our police and politicians, glowing with self-righteousness, meekly argue instead that we're not racist because - drum roll, please - the rest of us are just as likely to be bashed, robbed and raped as any Indian on our streets.

    Oh, goody. I can't tell you what a relief that news will be to anyone catching a late-night train to Sunshine.

    In fact, the next time your teeth are kicked in, remember to praise the man with the boots for being admirably free of any racism. Such little things make all the difference.
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    Didn't read it all but I have travelled all round this world and found that Australians are very racist indeed.
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    (Original post by thedude78)
    Didn't read it all but I have travelled all round this world and found that Australians are very racist indeed.
    ********. You must have visited a different Australia to the one I live in. I went to school with people of many different racial backgrounds and everyone got along fine with each other. I've had Chinese,Vietnamese,Italian,leban ese,maori etc neighbours and friends and there were never any problems with each other. Everyone got on well with each other.
    If there is racism here it would mostly comes from the ethnic gangs.
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    (Original post by thedude78)
    Didn't read it all but I have travelled all round this world and found that Australians are very racist indeed.
    Actually what a stupid generalization. I could say the same about your country and people too.
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    I cancelled a holiday booking to visit Australia for 2 weeks last year and so glad i did. There have been a number racist incidents not only within the general public but on tv shows too. Type in the Jackson jive incident, a disgrace as far as i'm concerned. Australia is a country i really couldn't a **** about tbh. Australia imo is one of the most racist countries in the world, you see it everywhere, tv shows, in public and sports.
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    Good article. The Indian media has been highly irresponsible over this issue and large sections of the electronic media owe a massive apology to the Australians for some of the stuff they have come up with(particularly the "sons of convicts" and "criminal mentality from ancestors" nonsense that makes the Daily Mail look respectable). They have used what is essentially a non-issue to stir up resentment amongst those who take the cricket rivalry too seriously for their own good.
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    very interesting article indeed :holmes:
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    (Original post by ajtiesto)
    I cancelled a holiday booking to visit Australia for 2 weeks last year and so glad i did. There have been a number racist incidents not only within the general public but on tv shows too. Type in the Jackson jive incident, a disgrace as far as i'm concerned. Australia is a country i really couldn't a **** about tbh. Australia imo is one of the most racist countries in the world, you see it everywhere, tv shows, in public and sports.
    I'm glad you cancelled your holiday too. We don't need haters like you here. Reading some of your other posts it seems that you are Asian.
    Regarding the Jackson Jive incident only one is Anglo-Celtic Australian. The others were Sri Lankan-Australian, Indian Australian, a Greek Australian, an Irish-Italian Australian and a Lebanese Australian. Half of the group were asian just like you. Oh dear.
    You claim to see racism everywhere in public. Hang on, you just claimed to have cancelled your trip here so how could you have seen anything in this country. Also what are all these racist tv shows your talking about. Name them.
    No Australia is not one of the most racist countries in the world. There is some racism, but it mostly comes from a lot of the immigrants we import here.
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    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...J4vGTmCec-GyYg

    SYDNEY — Australia's foreign minister Tuesday told parliament some of the recent violence against Indian students had clearly been racially motivated and had "considerably damaged" the nation's reputation.

    Stephen Smith offered his government's condolences to the family of Indian nationals attacked in Australia, telling lawmakers that repairing the subsequent damage to the country's image was an "essential priority".

    "Recent contemptible attacks on Indian students and others of Indian origin in Australia have cast a long shadow, not only over our education links, but across our broader relationship and bilateral agenda," Smith said in an update to parliament on relations between the two nations.

    "If any of these attacks have been racist in nature -- and it seems clear some of them have -- they will be punished with the full force of the law. Such attacks affront our values and are anathema to our view of modern Australia."

    Australian officials had previously downplayed racism as a motive for the attacks on Indians, which have prompted media outrage in India and threatened to damage Australia's 15.4-billion-US-dollar education export industry.

    Smith said the attacks, which have included robberies and beatings, were "inexcusable" and were being taken "very seriously."

    "We also need to accept and to understand that it has considerably damaged Australia's reputation in India and among the Indian people. Indeed, it has been widely noticed beyond India and South Asia," he added.

    Diplomatic tensions between Canberra and New Delhi mounted following the unsolved murder of 21-year-old Punjab man Nitin Garg in Melbourne, with New Delhi expressing "absolute displeasure and concern" over the violence.

    The foreign minister said Delhi was "in the front rank" of Australia's international partnerships, with as many as 450,000 Indians living in Australia, 120,000 of them students.

    Many found themselves in a "higher risk profile for crime" because of where they lived and the kinds of work they did, which Smith said didn't excuse the violence but "may help to explain why some attacks are happening."

    "While Australia is one of the world's most tolerant countries and one the safest, we cannot promise to stop all urban crime. No government can credibly do that," he said.

    "What we are promising is to make a whole-of-nation and whole-of-government commitment to do our best to address this problem and minimise it."
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    Why would Australians be racist towards immigrants - are they forgetting their own history?
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    You clearly don't know much about Andrew Bolt's work/writing. I wouldn't trust him as far as I can throw him.
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    So apparently there was one case in which an indian faked his incidient, that doesnt mean to say that many of the other racial attacks against Indians should be overlooked.
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    Different angle on it from the guardian, a story about the murder of Kwementyaye Ryder. This is an excerpt from the full articlehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010...-murder-racism
    With each eyewitness that testified, another mystery retreated and the truth, in all its halting savagery, began to assemble itself in the minds of Kwementyaye's family.

    When they motored to the Todd river, all of the defendants except driver Kloeden were drunk. Despite the recent troubles in town and the men's subsequent actions, the defence claimed their intention was not to harass Aboriginals, but to check if it was possible to drive to the old Telegraph Station, 6km upriver. Kwementyaye – who'd returned home from a night out only to discover that he had run out of cigarettes – visited the Todd to see if he could blag one from the campers. Falling into conversation with a group, he decided to stay.

    The first time Kloeden drove at the campers he missed Tony Cotchilli's blanket by around a metre. Reaching the Telegraph Station, and finding himself unable to exit the river, he turned back. The second time he drove at the campers, he ran straight over Cotchilli's blanket, the old man scrabbling to hide behind a tree. Two campers testified that the men were swearing at them, shouting "*******" and "black *******s" and that they "stink". In retaliation, one woman threw a burning log at the disappearing 4WD. Kloeden drove on for a few hundred metres and stopped. The men shouted more racist abuse. Then they drove home to fetch a gun – a replica of a Colt 45 – and some blank ammunition and returned. En route, Hird fired out of his window. The car stopped so he could unjam the gun. Job done, he pointed it at the campers and fired again.

    Terrified, the Aboriginal people scattered. Driving on, the 4WD passed Kwementyaye. Enraged, he threw a bottle at the vehicle. It hit. Kloeden braked. He did a U-turn and drove directly at him, stopping just in time, with Kwementyaye grabbing the bull-bars. Realising he was in serious trouble, he ran.

    All four passengers jumped out of the car and chased Kwementyaye, who fell at the spot where his memorial can now be found. Hird ran up and kicked him in the head. Swain joined in, kicking him twice more in the head. Spears hit him over the back of the head with a bottle. "Don't **** with us," one of them shouted. Then, car headlights startled them. They noticed Kwementyaye wasn't moving. "Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!" shouted Swain. They fled and concocted an alibi in an attempt to fool the police.

    The pathologist who examined Kwementyaye's body said he'd died from a haemorrhage at the base of the brain. While he had no evidence of a pre-existing aneurysm that was sensitive to rupture, he considered it likely that Kwementyaye had one because the physical damage to his body didn't appear acute enough to cause death.

    It became obvious that something extra-ordinary was going to happen when Chief Justice Brian Martin began his pre-sentencing remarks. Strewn among the clauses are the stentorian admonishments you'd expect – words like "drunk", "stupid", "violent" and "aggressive" – but in almost every moment that matters, Martin excuses the "relatively minor violence" he found took place.

    He accepted that their motive for driving up and down the Todd was not to harass black people. Of Kloeden's terrorising of campers, he said, "As your counsel put it, you were hooning. Another word is lairising" and that he "aimed to miss". He absolved everyone but the driver for this, saying, "Mr Kloeden, I pause in this sequence to observe there is nothing in the material before me to suggest that anyone in the car suggested that you drive at or close to the camp. This was your decision alone." He accepted the defence's claim that there was "no sinister purpose" in their driving home to fetch the pistol: "You only wanted to have fun by firing it and making a loud noise as you drove around." The racist abuse they shouted was downgraded to mere "abuse". He accepted the defence's bold claim that all of Ryder's physical injuries could have been caused when he fell. Although he initially acknowledges that "it's not known precisely what caused the bleeding" that killed Ryder, in the crucial "sentencing factors" section, he becomes absolute, saying: "The deceased was susceptible to dire consequences from minor trauma by reason of a pre-existing aneurysm. But for the bursting of the aneurysm, the deceased would have suffered relatively minor injuries and the offenders would have been guilty of an assault at the lower scale of seriousness for offences of assault." He said: "None of you intended to cause serious harm"; that "each of you has always got on well with Aboriginal people. However, on this occasion your normal attitudes and standards of behaviour were pushed to the background."

    Because Justice Martin decided that none of Kloeden's passengers had encouraged him to drive at the Aboriginals, he alone was found guilty of recklessly endangering life. Having already had their charge reduced from murder to manslaughter by recklessness, Martin found the five guilty of the even lesser crime of manslaughter "by negligence". Announcing a further "reduction of your sentence by reason of your guilty plea and genuine remorse", he gave them between 12 months and six years. With parole, they'll be out in no more than four.
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    I have been to Australia two times, Sydney, Melbourne and visiting friends in Perth/Rockingham. They did not strike me as a racist society.

    I was welcomed to play cricket, outdoor BBQs and all sorts. The only thing that did hurt is the constant reminder that they routinely thrash us at cricket.

    I went to school with the the sons of two of the Australian consulate staff in Lahore at St Anthony's. I found them lovely people.
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    (Original post by ish90an)
    Good article. The Indian media has been highly irresponsible over this issue and large sections of the electronic media owe a massive apology to the Australians for some of the stuff they have come up with(particularly the "sons of convicts" and "criminal mentality from ancestors" nonsense that makes the Daily Mail look respectable). They have used what is essentially a non-issue to stir up resentment amongst those who take the cricket rivalry too seriously for their own good.
    In my country's defence, a lot of places, including Australia are racist towards Indians. Certainly not everyone in that country, but a fair amount. Many of these stories are true, though granted some could be fictitious, but that's mostly because of resentment. We can't deny that there's some amount of racism everywhere, in fact, even some Indians are racist. I agree that the 'mentality from ancestors' thing is absolute bull, but there's no smoke without fire. I'm assuming your name is Ishan, and that you're Indian, and it's true the media is and has always been sensationalizing things for years, but there is a grain of truth in the accusitions.
 
 
 
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