Mob Violence, the Aussie Way

I’m genuinely saddened.

RACIAL violence erupted in several Sydney suburbs last night…” (SMH).

I’m also a little frightened. I leave for Sydney in little more than a week. Fortunately, this is way on the other side of town. But still.

No single group is at fault here, and the troublemakers are obvioulsy a minority, albeit a vocal one. But once again, an image of perfection is shattered. I usually think of Sydney as one of the best places in the world. It probably still is. But not completely. Where do dreams go to die?

A lot of things are wrong with the world, but when you try to focus on the good stuff (as you should) the wake-up calls can be shocking.

Even if the trouble in Sydney is more a mob and social issue than a racial one, racism definitely surfaces as the visible rendering. Australia might not be the wonderful, multicultrual, immigrant country it claims to be, after all. So, where to go? Denmark has its own problems, but since I’m the native majority, I can sleep safely. Too easy, perhaps. America? Hardly perfect. Canada? Maybe. Unfortunately, a perfectly harmonious, egalitarian, tolerant, open, and free society will never be a reality in this world.

In the words of Michael Jackson, I don’t wanna spend my life being a color.

EDIT: You should also read Mel’s post on the issue.


Author: Kenneth Mollerup Birch

Living north of Copenhagen, Denmark. MA in Information Science. Interests include communication, internet, sociology, language, politics, religion, theology, travel, music, and food.

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