Tom of Melbourne writes this timely commentary….
Given the basing of Indian students in Melbourne and the subsequent commentary in the Indian press, the Cronulla riots and the comments of Sol Trujillo, there is plenty to suggest that Australians have a latent racist streak.
We’re not even aware of the offence we cause, and we blame the victim – those that point this out, or the recipients of the violence.
Mainstream Australia is inward looking; we look down on most foreign cultures, and even our own indigenous culture.
We’re hardly worldly, most people have their “once in a lifetime trip” and leave it at that. Eating at the local Indian/Vietnamese/Greek etc restaurant seems to be regarded as evidence of our tolerance.
We are introverted, insecure about our own culture and mistrustful of others.
We have a barely concealed racist tendency, this breeds and tolerates the behaviour of overt the racists.