Racism and the toxic status quo
Ruby Hamad’s “Racism is not a moment, it’s who we are” nails the toxic status quo. But why racism?
Who benefits? In whose interests does it rise and fall but endure? Three groups stand out. Unscrupulous politicians who know the distraction value of scapegoats. Political scapegoats are those who can’t fight back, as every tyrant knows. The target group needs to be a weak minority to initiate the bloodlust among the hounds – “It’s them, not our party, who are responsible for the mess we are in.” Then there is the media, which, as Mike Seccombe reports (“Who is making money out of racism, August 11–17), benefits from fanning the fire and pretending to extinguish it. Next there are the rest of us who in our guts know we are on invaded land. Rather than stand up for a treaty, we focus on others who came by boat, as we did, and say the First Nation peoples needs to take the Kool-Aid. We are aligned with the culpably ignorant. Unfortunately, many Australians are too comfortable and too lazy to check the facts. It makes you wonder what happens to the heaps of money spent on education. So while there are so many getting so much out of racism, it endures, like a carried defective gene that is easy to reinfect.
– Michael D. Breen, Robertson, NSW