I was a student in Associate Professor Andrew Fraser’s Anglo-American
Constitutional History course at Macquarie University in 2002 and found
many of the views he expressed entirely repugnant and undeniably racist,
although I do support his right to express these views in both public
and private arenas. Here’s one of the more outrageous theories that I
recall him spouting.

During a discussion on the relationship between the US
Constitution and the institution of slavery, he attempted to mount a
tortured defence of the concept of race-based segregation on the
that African Americans actually benefited from their forced separation
from white Americans. The fact that a strong family ethic and an
entrenched religious faith within African American communities
apparently arose as a result of segregation seemed to wholly justify
the policy in his opinion. I sincerely doubt that African American
communities would agree. That someone would attempt to justify a cruel
and brutal policy that ensured the continued subjugation of one race at
the hands of another by referring to the perceived “benefit” to the
suppressed group clearly expressed to me the depth of his delusion and

His disconnectedness from the actual reality of segregation was marked.
Did he actually care that the philosophical (and indeed biological)
underpinning of race-based segregation was the superiority of the white
race over all others and the potential for contamination of the white
race through social contact with
African Americans? Did he care about
the impact of a policy that attempted to reinforce the goodness of
racial “purity” and the ultimate deviance of anything not resembling the
privileged majority? From his clearly expressed opinions, I garnered the
distinct impression that he saw nothing wrong with the policy of
race-based segregation and this was no doubt the impression that he
wished to convey with this nasty and sinister exercise in racial hatred.

Peter Fray

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