Jan 12, 2018

Media that conflates ‘South Sudanese’ with ‘African’ should say what they really mean: ‘black’

In the wake of the "gang crisis", how can you tell who is African and who isn’t? Don't ask the newspapers.

Irfan Yusuf — Lawyer, author and commentator

Irfan Yusuf

Lawyer, author and commentator

Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy

In its lengthy January 6 report, The Australian cited the latest census data as suggesting there were over 20,000 Sudanese-born Australian residents, with around 11,500 living in Melbourne. Today’s front page Herald Sun splash, quotes “intelligence” as putting the Apex Gang core at 50 members. Let’s imagine all 50 are of Sudanese heritage. If we divide 50 by 20,000 and multiply by 100, we get the percentage of Sudanese people involved in this gang. By my calculation, it is about 0.25%.

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