What are we afraid of?

Had a story I’m quite pleased with, about why it is stupid to hate refugees, published in the latest City Hub

Understanding the kneejerk racist responses the issue of refugees evokes from large sections of the Australian public is the first step to overcoming them, and bringing them round to a more humane and pragmatic position. Apart from good old fashioned racism and an irrational panic about a loss of territorial control – the colony old fear of a tiny white population clinging to a recently stolen continent with a mass of Asians to our north – the minds of those hostile to refugee arrivals by boat seem occupied by not one but two deeply wrong headed ideas.

The first, and most blatantly wrong of these is that allowing refugees to come here somehow costs us something. The most honest expression of this that I’ve come across actually came from two young men from western Sydney, “Bob” and “Bummo”  who were outside Villawood Detention Centre the day of the threatened mass suicide, not to join the protest held there in solidarity but to “see someone jump”…

Click here to read the rest


About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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5 Responses to What are we afraid of?

  1. Thomas says:

    I’m a refuge that arrived here in the 80’s. Strangely enough the xenophobia and racism was no where near as powerful back then as it is now. Even some of my longest and dearest friends started spouting off about the asylum seekers and I had to correct their assumptions.

  2. Xannon says:

    great read….finally an article that brings some logic to this subject….nice to read the figures about how FEW refugees actually come to this country….reading the newspapers you’d think they were arriving by the millions

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