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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 01:22 pm
Asian-American Kunthea Ker claims (in a letter given prominent display by the SMH) to be the victim of overt racism during Sydney’s New Year fireworks:
The crowd seemed full of people making racist, disparaging comments about Asians – not only within our hearing but to our faces.
When we found a spot to sit, one woman remarked loudly that she didn’t want to sit next to Asians. Another man shouted at us “I hate Chinese!” We are not Chinese …
Finally, as the fireworks began, a young man tried to push past us to the front. I told him: “There isn’t any room to move. We’re all trying to see the same fireworks.” He responded by pushing forward anyway and saying in a contemptuous tone: “There is room. Anyway, you’re Asian. It doesn’t matter.”
After all that had happened, I lost what little temper I had left and hit him. Then I began shouting, calling him a racist, cursing, the works. I am only five feet tall but I was so angry that my family and others nearby had to restrain me to allow the young man to get away.
Unquestionably, I acted inappropriately. Violence was a disproportionate response to the offence, not to mention illegal. Moreover, it was disgusting behaviour. But the racism exhibited by that man and others that night was even more disgusting and part of me still wishes I had responded the same way to all of them.
I certainly wish the other Asians in the crowd had spoken up instead of accepting or ignoring the comments.
The degree to which racism is openly tolerated and practised in Australia is infuriating.
I don’t buy this. Especially the part about “other Asians” remaining docile and meek while a whole crowd trashed Asians. Interestingly, Ms Ker has a background in creative writing.
(Via Dan Lewis)
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