Chris Graham, editor of National Indigenous Times, writes:


Benjamin
Amy’s letter to Crikey was an extraordinary read… the things you see
when you haven’t got a gun! As for the chant, “We grew here, they flew
here”, the response going around Aboriginal Australia today is “We
growed here, you rowed here”. Everyone who participated in this
shameful, disgusting display – and that includes the morons who turned
up with flags and BBQs to “take back the beach” and show their “Aussie
pride” – should be deported. Small group of trouble-makers my ar*e.
They were a large pack of mindless, human filth… Every single one of
them.

Henry Pill writes:

The
Cronulla race riots are a product of a generation which has grown up in
John Howard’s Australia. Many of the participants would have been just
ten or 12 in 1996 and know the Howard government as the only one in
their living memory. They are a generation whose ideas of
multiculturalism and tolerance have been shaped by Howard’s adoption of
Hansonism, his trashing of the reconciliation agenda, his deliberate
abuse of asylum seekers and his implicit endorsement of Bush
Administration fundamentalism. Look no further than Bronwyn Bishop’s
comments on Arab Head Scarves for a quick glimpse into how this
government is still poisoning the minds of these young Australians.
These guys aren’t deviants, they are conformists to the Howard
worldview, they use the Australian flag because they think this country
stands for ignorance and hate, that’s hardly their fault, that’s what
their upbringing under this government has told them. They say it takes
a village to raise a child, and this is what happens when you try to
raise a child in a village run by a hatemonger who plays the race card
like it’s the ace of spades.

John X. Berlin writes:
The
Cronulla Beach Madness ultimately emanates from the ‘Kirribilli
Kaiser’. Now, if we as Aussies, don’t like a country like Iraq or
Afghanistan we simply illegally invade that Sovereign Nation and ‘Bomb
the Crap’ out of its defenceless residents. If we don’t agree with
sovereign countries in Asia and the Pacific we threaten them with
economic blackmail, unless they accept our Prison Camps, Federal Police
and Army. It suits the Federal Government to foster this climate of
fear. There will be much more. Messrs. Howard, Downer and Ruddock
should hang their heads in shame.

Jim writes:
Let’s
stop the hand-wringing, the angst and the outrage. There is no such
thing as “un-Australian.” What we saw on the weekend was utterly
“Australian.” We are just like everybody else around the globe – full
of hate, frustration, resentment and a suspicion that someone else is
getting a better deal. Don’t blame the media. Don’t blame seditious
text messengers. Don’t for God’s sake blame Bali! Blame us. We, the
nation of Australia, are reaping what we have sown, and the seeds have
already begun to blow across this vast continent on the hot summer
wind. It is a toxic crop. It is the harvest of 200 years of
well-nourished xenophobia, fertilised with ignorance, cultivated by
masterful hands and finished with a decade of concentrated hate and
fear.

Paul S writes:

I read Crikey regularly
and like the treatment most subjects are given. However, the story by S
Feneley re Cronulla (yesterday, item 2) was way off the mark! Yes the
drunken hooligans were an embarrassment and they virtually blew the
hope of a peaceful solution out of the water. They were stupid and
attacking the police was idiotic and the treatment of a few people with
dark skin was madness. However, they are not the major problem! I
repeat, they are not the problem, they are unfortunately our first line
of defence (Yes that has me worried too). S Feneley (and his cafe latte
friends) should be more worried about the islamic criminal gangs and
extremists. They are one who have disrupted society and cause a real
threat to our way of life in Sydney. They are the ones who will knife,
shoot or attempt to blow us Aussies up. Obviously Steven has not been
to a Bulldogs match or spent a Sat or Sunday night down at Brighton.
These gangs are aggressive, often uneducated and have no respect for
Australia. They despise Aussies and are motivated by crazy ideas from
abroad. They fully intend to disrupt whatever they can and will stoop
to very low depths whilst they remain in large gangs. Stephen missed
the point of the demonstration. It was the majority rising up!
Unfortunately it was diverted by a bunch of drunken fools (possibly on
purpose). But Aussies will need to rise up again. I just hope they are
led with insight, patience and direction. If not, Sydney will be a mess
that may not be worth living in!

Pamela Curr writes:
After constant reminders that we are under threat of terror attacks,
bolstered by ASIO raids on the homes of first Indonesian, then Iranian,
then Australians of Lebanese and Turkish backgrounds and then Sri
Lankans under the glare of right wing media shock jocks, is it any
wonder that “Paranoid Nationalism” is rearing its ugly head? Urged on
by the ugliest media in the country, individual Australians have turned
to mob violence. Get your boot in –oi,oi,oi. How relaxed and
comfortable are we all feeling now?

Reg Hudson writes:
Those who deplore so vociferously the behaviour of the drunken mob at Cronulla
are on the wrong tram. The root cause of the problem is the behaviour over a
long period of these Lebanese louts to the extent where things have built up to
where many of us, many non-ockers and others are calling “enough.” Christian Lebanese have been coming to this country
for over a century, and in that time have assimilated into the community,
particularly country towns all over Australia and become successful businessmen
in many areas, also in the professions. We see non-Christian Lebanese arriving
here, flocking to suburbs which they turn into ghettos, and attempting to impose
their foreign culture upon us. Contempt for young Aussie sheilas springs to
mind, (we don’t like this idea of female g*nital mutilation for starters) ,
objecting to our littlies having their Nativity plays and similar interference
is showing its ugly cultural head, and there are many other instances of
unwelcome pressure on our norms. Many of us feel that if they don’t like our
ways, then they should go back from whence they came.

Holger Lubotski writes:
Small
Town Johnnie’s denial that the Cronulla
riots depicted an “underlying racism” was very hollow, coming from the man who
manufactured the Tampa “crisis” to win an election. He has to
choose denial because it’s the easiest way for him to deny responsibility for
what happened in Cronulla! Morris Iemma’s remarks on the 7.30 Report last night made a very clear case for what went on and why. Johnnie might be right
when he says it’s not an “underlying racism” – it’s obviously a very overt and
obvious racism! What? The PM responsible for racial
attacks in Cronulla? Damn right!