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The shame of being a white Australian


IT’S NO surprise that Australia’s 2020 ‘Measuring Social Inclusion’ survey discovered three out of five respondents believe that white Australians are the victims of discrimination to some extent. 

White Australians have every right to feel discriminated against.  As a result of governments pushing multiculturalism, and more recently the Black Lives Matter movement and neo-Marxist inspired critical race theory, white Australians are increasingly targeted as racist and xenophobic.

Beginning when Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister (1972-75), the school curriculum has taught students that Australian society is inherently racist and that it is unfair to expect migrants to assimilate.

As a result, while the overwhelming majority of migrants celebrate our way of life, a sizeable minority live in ethnic enclaves and refuse to integrate into mainstream society. Even more dangerous is that some support overseas terrorist organisations and see nothing wrong with violence.

Proven by the revised national curriculum it’s also true that Western civilisation is either ignored or seen as oppressive. While all students are made to study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, studying ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome is optional.

Ignored is what the historian Geoffrey Blainey describes as ‘the mainsprings of the civilisation most Australians inherit’.

While there’s no doubt that indigenous people suffered as a result of European settlement, it’s also true that students are presented with a ‘black armband view’ (Blainey again).

Students are told to analyse the ‘impact of invasion, colonisation and dispossession of lands by Europeans on the First Nations Peoples of Australia such as frontier warfare, genocide, removal from land, relocation to “protectorates”, reserves and missions’.

The Black Lives Matter movement and critical race theory also explain why white Australians are becoming an endangered species.  BLM activists argue Western societies like Australia are characterised by structural racism and white supremacism.

As a result over 150 academics at Sydney University knocked back funding to establish a centre to study Western civilisation.

One Sydney University academic goes as far as arguing subjects like history, literature, art and music are guilty of ‘racism, sexism, classism, historical injustice and prejudice based on religion’.

Cultural-Left activists argue, given the high incidence of indigenous deaths in custody, that Australia’s legal system is inherently racist.  Ignored, as argued by Anthony Dillon in Cancel Culture and the Left’s Long March, is the evidence that proves otherwise. Dillon refers to the publication The Health of Australia’s Prisoners: 2015 which states: ‘With just over one-quarter (27 per cent) of prisoners in custody being indigenous, and 17 per cent of deaths in custody being indigenous, indigenous prisoners were under-represented.’

White men and boys are special targets of cancel culture activists and have every right to feel discriminated against. In addition to being lampooned as ‘pale, male and stale’, all men are characterised as misogynist and sexist.

Workplaces have become politically correct minefields where meritocracy has been replaced by positive discrimination and quotas for women and the merest suggestion of what is deemed sexist behaviour leads to dire consequences.

Whenever the evil and heinous crime of rape occurs, all men are portrayed as complicit.  School programmes like Safe Schools and Respectful Relationships teach primary and secondary students there is nothing beneficial about being masculine. Some schools have even asked boys to stand at assembly and apologise for being male.

Such are the concerns about discrimination a group of mothers have started a Mothers of Sons website detailing examples of how boys are being humiliated and made to feel guilty.

Prejudice and unfair discrimination are totally unacceptable. The danger, though, in these woke times is that not all are treated fairly and equally.  In the case of white Australians the campaign for tolerance, in fact, has led to intolerance.

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Dr Kevin Donnelly
Dr Kevin Donnelly
Dr Kevin Donnelly is a senior fellow at the Australian Catholic University’s PM Glynn Institute and a conservative author and commentator.

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