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    Articles / Speeches / Posts by Asians about Stereotypes & Racism

    Speech by Mehreen Faruqi in the Australian parliament.

    Well said!

    The reality is that my presence in the Senate is an affront for some. They are offended that people of colour and Muslims, have the audacity to not only exist, but to open our mouths and join the public debate. Some politicians call us cockroaches. Some say we are a disease for which Australia needs vaccination. Some, if they had their way, would ban us from making Australia our home. So it is with great pride I stand here before you unapologetically - a brown, Muslim, migrant, feminist woman. And I say unapologetically because if there is one thing people with stories like mine are asked to do constantly, it is apologise for our presence because we are not quiet enough, not respectful enough, not thankful enough, not Australian enough – for some, we will never be Australian enough.

    The existence of racism, sexism and other discrimination is not new. But what has changed is its legitimisation, normalisation and encouragement in the media and politics. Political leaders, in addition to their old habit of racist dog-whistling, are now comfortable outright fanning the flames of racial conflict.

    You can’t condemn racism and then use dog-whistling and race-baiting as an electoral tactic.

    We might shake our heads when migrants are said to have the amazing ability to simultaneously sit on welfare our whole lives and also take up all the jobs that ‘true’ Aussies are entitled to, but far too little attention is paid to the implications this political racism has for our lives, our mental health, and our families. We cannot be expected to ignore sustained abuse or be told to hide the fear and gut-wrenching pain that it causes. If we receive death threats and speak out about it, as my son did earlier this month, we are told we have a victim mentality and this is all part and parcel of public life. Well, we will not be silenced.

    Instead of being accepted, because this is our home, we are asked to apologise for every action of someone who looks like us. We are subject to rules that white people never will be. We don’t have the luxury of mistakes or of slipping up, because as soon as we do, we become a case study to validate existing stereotypes. We don’t have the luxury of individuality, because we are considered a monolithic mass who operate as one. Even our responses to racism are policed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...-senate-speech
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    I loved all of it but the sitting on welfare our whole lives while simultaneously taking jobs from real Australians was both funny and hard hitting.


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    I am guessing her speech was in response to the anti-muslim immigration speech by another Australian lawmaker a week or so ago. The one where he referred to "the final solution" for immigrants.

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    Followed by a brilliant piece in the NYT today.

    I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.

    This is the world I want to live in. And this is the world that I will continue to work toward.
    Because the same society that taught some people they were heroes, saviors, inheritors of the Manifest Destiny ideal, taught me I existed only in the background of their stories, doing their nails, diagnosing their illnesses, supporting their love interests — and perhaps the most damaging — waiting for them to rescue me.

    And for a long time, I believed them.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/m...arie-tran.html
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    Check out this story from the NZ Herald Android App
    http://nzh.tw/12189613





    They say a good start is half the job done. Basically, if you're white, you just got to turn up and consider it done.

    Download the New Zealand Herald Android app here:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ald.activities

    I've stopped sharpening my pencil too...

    https://youtu.be/gHuvxdYfPyo


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    We might shake our heads when migrants are said to have the amazing ability to simultaneously sit on welfare our whole lives and also take up all the jobs that ‘true’ Aussies are entitled to
    https://cis.org/sites/cis.org/files/...0immigrant.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimwy66
    We might shake our heads when migrants are said to have the amazing ability to simultaneously sit on welfare our whole lives and also take up all the jobs that ‘true’ Aussies are entitled to
    This guy has witnessed it!
    A-may-zing.

    https://twitter.com/MceyebrowIrene/s...18951149322244

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    This guy has witnessed it!
    A-may-zing.

    https://twitter.com/MceyebrowIrene/s...18951149322244
    I always get these two Thomas Robinsons mixed up, (a band I saw a few times in my youth)

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