May 31, 2013

I am a racist and so are you

The Eddie McGuire-Adam Goodes fraccas is UFC for people who enjoy artisanal cheese. Everyone's a little bit racist, and if we all could just admit ...

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer is a horrid racist who selfishly fails to understand the pain of indigenous Australia.

I make this declaration for two reasons. First, a simple cut’n’paste will now save several bloggers the trouble of typing it themselves. Second, it happens to be true.

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55 thoughts on “I am a racist and so are you

  1. jonnowarren

    No silly, you don’t acknowledge your racism, you just acknowledge the “traditional owners” of the land and then magically all is good with the world.

  2. samistapol

    Absolutely right, and a darn sight more realistic than all those other goody twoshoes journalists falling over themselves to proudly and hypocritically proclaim how unracist they are.

    Racism is quite possibly endemic to humanity, but we can if we look ourselves in the mirror ameliorate the less desirable effects of it – like maybe not yelling racial insults in public. We will all get on better that way. Won’t mean we’re not racist, it would just mean we have grown up enough to be able to be polite in public.

  3. 2sheds

    ‘I’m a racist and so are you’ is a bit glib Helen. It’s like being self aware of our prejudices and just in case I’m not, I’ll make this motherhood statement just to cover anything I’ve missed (oh yeah and I will include everybody else as well in this preachy title – cause they are even more unaware of their latent racism than me). It’s like those who at meetings acknowledge the traditional owners up front…but I know that if you scratch the surface they are for many just often just words without substance. It makes me cringe and does little to benefit (and may even harm) the indigenous cause.

  4. mikeb

    If not being able to understand the black man’s pain is racist, then I’m a racist. If thinking that a black man is inferior to a white man is racist, then I’m not a racist. What to make of that?

  5. Holden Back

    How much I admire you for the use of “bint”.

  6. Lachlan Morton

    What made what Eddie said so bad, is that it reinforces a discourse we should be trying to stamp out.
    Eddie isn’t a deeply racist man, but his comments embolden the deeply racist people within Australia. If you scroll through the AFL related pages on Facebook, some peoples comments are so deeply hateful, Eddie encouraged all those people.

  7. Tom Jones

    So easy to embrace beiong a racist and then you can sit back and smirk at those who believe that public utterances matter and set the tone for actions beyond the radio and footy spheres.

    It is of course precisely the attitudes displayed openly by the Collingwood President and supporter that make an awful intervention possible in the first place, because it supports the view that Aboriginal people don’t deserve a say in what happens to them: an idea devised by the right wing, not anyone who was liberal, although it is liberal thinkers who are being mocked here. Respect comes first for any meaningful developments for Aboriginal people and that has been thin on the ground from the Collingwood tribe. Adam Goodes has shown a maturity far beyond that of the writer of this article. He is someone worthy of admiration despite the snide comments of Ms Razer.

    As usual a trite piece which lacks any kind of enlightenment. Keep on trying Ms Razer. You may find something of value to say one day.

  8. Bob Durnan

    Simplistic diatribes like this aren’t all that helpful. Does Helen not think that several decades of often tough struggle against racism by Indigenous and migrant peoples have shifted some segments of Australian society into less racist positions?
    By the way, is it useful for us to know what SEO and UFC stand for? If not, don’t worry about enlightening us plebs.

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