Je suis selfish rabble, then. And if you’re not selfish rabble too, you need to provide a damn good reason -- much better than Dr Kerryn Phelps’ self-congratulatory response to yesterday’s Crikey article. The “selfish” rally that disrupted Melbourne transport in protest against the closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia came less than a week after the clashes between anti-racism protesters and Reclaim Australia supporters in Federation Square. In the wake of these two events, there has been much discussion about what form anti-racist protests ought to take.
Rabble with a cause: the importance of civil disobedience and ‘selfishness’
Those who dismissed last Friday's protest against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities as selfish completely miss the point.